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I found this troubling and it made him a much less likeable character, and considering how irresponsible he was over most things, I was mostly irritated with him.
Also, the timeline in this book just wasn't clear enough for me. I didn't know how old exactly he was when his mother died.
What job did he do before Wanderlust? How did he and Zoe meet? How long were they together? And HOW did Zoe send him postcards from all of these places if she never even got to go—she died before that?
That mystery needed to be explained, or at least Sid needed to rationalize it to himself in some way for me to come away liking the book.
Once he was fixated on Melanie, it was less about Zoe and the postcard mystery. Sid never really had a direction with anything.
A friendship with Gerald was introduced then never touched on again. I also never understood why Sid made it sound like he wasn't sure if Zoe was dead or not.
It was pretty clear that she was, once things were explained. It seemed like a poor writing technique to keep the reader's interest.
Jul 22, Jessi rated it it was ok Shelves: A telemarketer at a travel agency, Sid is becoming unhinged and superneurotic.
His hypochondria is driving his doctor sister mad. And it's all because his ex-girlfriend, Zoe, who's sending him postcards from her European adventure, one that they were supposed to take together.
Sid needs to get over Zoe and find love again--even though Zoe, apparently, has no inclination to be gotten over. The postcard is everything, but looks like nothing.
I felt like I should like it - and I was interested to find out where the postcards were coming from. But not interested enough to keep reading.
I quit halfway through, mostly because I was not interested in opening it again, even at my normal reading times like bedtime.
Sid, the main character never did grow on me, although I did really like his dog. I have the feeling that many people will really enjoy this book, and so will keep it in mind for recommendations.
Maybe I'll try again in another mood as well. I realized just now I'd be forcing myself to go on anymore with the book. I really wanted to like it, being so quirky and all, but the story just wasn't going anywhere by halfway through!
I didn't care what happened to the girl with the postcards, and Syd was just too dysfunctionally pathetic. Loved the dog though! Feb 18, Ron Heimbecher rated it it was amazing Shelves: In a very unusual way, it's fortunate that I've been ill for a few days.
My to-read stack is at least a couple of dozen, and has been for months. I left my house for a few hours on Wednesday to see Kirk's launch signing at the venerable Tattered Cover in Lodo.
I brought the freshly signed copy home and started upstairs to put it on t In a very unusual way, it's fortunate that I've been ill for a few days.
I brought the freshly signed copy home and started upstairs to put it on the "reading pile. Halfway up, a couple more. OK, maybe I'll read a couple of pages before I put it on the pile.
In four-or-so sittings, I was done. My office shelves contain over a thousand novels. I've certainly read at least a thousand more from the library over the years.
Postcards from a Dead Girl is special. When you read it, you'll recognize this just a few pages in. It's easy to understand how Sandra Kirk's agent and Harper took to it so quickly.
These people extend themselves from the page, or leap from a bottle, to twiddle their fingers on your heart. Carnac the Magnificent predicts a long and successful career.
Sep 30, Sasha Martinez added it Shelves: Sometimes, she's just lost. Sometimes, she'd just walked away. All that together makes this debut novel a wonderful book, it really really really is.
Think Woody Allen at his most contemporary hip, with some echoes of Days of Summer. Look at the scenes: All the while, thinking about his Zoe and her scent, Blue Zoe Bliss , those postcards.
And I was giggling. Sid Higgins made me giggle. Right before he socked me between the eyes with a well-uttered observation.
It was all so quirky and so spot-on, and I loved how it all came together to build up not only the story, but Sid as a person, as a character, a voice.
He makes you laugh, he makes you go What now? I wish Sid Higgins well. Postcards from a Dead Girl is an incredibly beautiful book, and many thanks to the Universe for flinging it in my direction, and, of course, to Kirk Farber for writing it.
I am at the edge of my seat, waiting for your second book. Mar 09, Katy rated it liked it. Reading this book made me sad.
Sid was sad, and it was painful to know how troubled he was, that he had some fairly serious mental and emotional problems, and that while he was aware of his problems, he was reluctant to seek help that he very badly needed.
But reading this book also made me sad for myself. If Sid, who is somewhat emotionally and socially crippled, has the propensity to attract women and have relationships with them, why is it that I have so much difficulty dating?
Interestingly, Reading this book made me sad. Interestingly, once I came to the end of the book and the situation with Zoe was revealed, I understood Sid's situation more and realized that Sid and I had a lot more in common than I thought.
But again, this made me sad. For if Sid and I have experienced similar losses, why is it that Sid, who has not processed the grief and loss, is able to engage in relationships, and I, who have attempted to be real and actually deal with the tragic situation, is unable to?
And yes, I realize that saying Sid engages in relationships is using both the terms "engage" and "relationship" loosely, but it was still painful for me to read.
I'm glad I'm more emotionally equipped and healthy I hope than Sid, but I envy and long for dating-type relationships. Perhaps this is a sign that I should stop comparing my life to that of fictional characters It didn't help that within the first two pages of the book Sid and Farber slams the phrase "Wish you were here," which is, like, the phrase that exemplifies how I feel about my loss.
It was funny, in a dark sort of way, to read that and know how much that phrase means to me, and sums up my feelings, and how ridiculous and trite Sid thought the phrase was.
I suppose that should have been some kind of indicator Apr 22, Jessica rated it liked it. At least it was quick read. Sid was slowly going crazy, and he started to drag me down that slippery slope with him.
The story was quirky, and at times amusing, but mostly it was unnerving. The reader is the sole person who has visibility to the depth of Sid's neurosis, and it seems as though there's no end in sight.
He thinks Natalie wants to have him committed. I think it probably would have been a very good idea, early on. The presence of his mom was an unexpected surprise, and one that I rathe At least it was quick read.
The presence of his mom was an unexpected surprise, and one that I rather liked. Zero was sweet and really the only one that Sid could communicate with, despite the fact that the conversations were entirely one-sided.
I was slightly disappointed in the journey that Sid takes in the middle of the book, as you're forced to deal with his confusion, hypochondria, and inability to make sense of anything for a good 7 chapters short chapters, but still.
This wasn't exactly what I had expected when I first picked it up, but it wasn't terrible. There were enough varied characters to balance out the character of Sid, which definitely helped.
Had it been just Sid and Zero, I would have been pining for Zero in a way that probably wouldn't have been healthy.
Nov 11, Debbie rated it it was amazing. I facilitate a bookclub at a public library. This wonderful book caused quite a stir with the group.
The story is simple enough, once you finish the book that is. Sid, a damaged vacation telemarketer, is receiving postcards from Zoe. Zoe, his one time love, now absent in an unexplained way.
Sid can't reach her but she reaches him with regular postcards from all around the world. Postcards all postmarked one year earlier. Who is sending the postcards, why won't Zoe answer her phone, who is the li I facilitate a bookclub at a public library.
Who is sending the postcards, why won't Zoe answer her phone, who is the little girl in the yard across the street, why is Sid regularly overwhelmed by the scent of lilac and why does his dead mother speak to him from a bottle of wine?
The author maintains the suspense from start to finish slowly revealing bits and pieces of the sad puzzle of Sid life.
Sid is a character that is easy to sympathize or emphasize with. He's someone you care about and would really like to help.
The author can really turn a phrase so the writing as well as the story is interesting. For example he describes Sid's workplace environment as a "cubicle farm" and describes Zoe's freckles as a freckle constellation.
This book has humor, pathos, mystery and warmth. Read it with your bookclub because you are going to want to talk about it!
Jan 29, Cheryl rated it really liked it. Sid works as a telemarketer at a travel agency. His life gets turned upside down when he starts receiving postcards from his girlfriend, Zoe.
Sid receives about a dozen. The postcards range from Amsterdam to Paris. So now you would wonder, how can postcards cause so much uproar?
It is because Zoe is dead! What does Zoe want from Sid? Sid decides to follow the trail of postcards from all over Eur Sid works as a telemarketer at a travel agency.
Sid decides to follow the trail of postcards from all over Europe that Zoe visited. This book had some witty moments.
This book kind of reminded me of the movie, P. Sid was definitely the star of this book. The kooky and craziness that followed Sid made for entertaining times.
Though, I do have to admit that there was a few times where my mind would start to wander. Kirk Farber has a good talent as a story teller and writer.
It showed in this book. I plan to check out his other books. Sep 27, Linda rated it really liked it. This is an entertaining read by a first-time author who is actually a colleague of mine at PPLD.
Kirk is pretty understated in real life, although quite engaging, and that is exactly how I would characterize this book about a guy named Sid.
Sid relaxes by taking himself and his car through the carwash again and again, sometimes with his dog, and by sprawling in the mud in his homemade spa in the backyard.
I suffered with Sid and all of his humiliations; talking himself out of and into peace of m This is an entertaining read by a first-time author who is actually a colleague of mine at PPLD.
I suffered with Sid and all of his humiliations; talking himself out of and into peace of mind; trying to understand his girlfriends and his mother and despising his job.
I cringe when I think of the questions that I asked Kirk when we at the libary learned that he would be a published author.
Along with the conversation is a book list of the books that Kirk finds inspiring. Kirk's comments about these books are illuminating and witty.
I laughed out loud while reading and this is always a sign of a good book. I think Farber can do this!
Mar 18, Jenn rated it liked it Shelves: Kirk Farber has written a crazy little mystery surrounding, as the title states, postcards from a dead girl.
But questions abound throughout the novel. Is she really dead? Are the postcards really from her? Is Sid, the main character, just bat-ass crazy? Floating along on a sea of detached thoughts, Sid barely makes it through his days.
Farber's use of short chapters and detached imagery establishes Sid's own thought processes. Sid tries to not think too much about any one thing and his thoughts Kirk Farber has written a crazy little mystery surrounding, as the title states, postcards from a dead girl.
Sid tries to not think too much about any one thing and his thoughts are clipped and broken, like the lines on the pavement he keeps returning to.
And though Sid is not particularly lovable, I found myself rooting for him anyway, hoping that someone could save him, hoping that he would save himself.
This novel was both entertaining and intriguing. A quick read and fun for the amount of speculation and guessing games it provides, I think this one is a fine book club choice.
Aug 09, Jenny Reading Envy rated it really liked it Shelves: I picked this up when iBooks put some titles on sale for 99cents, and I'm glad I did!
This was a quick read, but I was never quite sure I knew if the main character, Sid, was crazy or if the world around him was. That question gets answered around the time he starts playing in the mud, really.
His girlfriend is dead, and so are his parents, and he is working a telemarketing job, which would make anyone insane.
The older sister reminds me so much of the older sister character on Wilifred, down I picked this up when iBooks put some titles on sale for 99cents, and I'm glad I did!
Melanie lives with her husband and two children in Palo Alto, CA. His work has been translated into twenty languages. He lives in Seattle, WA.
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Showing of 22 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. In November , a friend of my friend of mine disappeared during a Sunday jog.
Her name was Bibi Lee, and she was a student at Berkeley. Since everyone believed she had been kidnapped a witness had spotted a "large man" pulling her into a van shortly afterwards a group of volunteers got together, printed a bunch of "missing" posters, and placed them around the Bay Area.
Though living in Los Angeles, I received a box of these posters, which I placed around my neighborhood.
It was the least I could do to help. Weeks went by without news. One month later, Bibi's body was found near a hiking trail in Oakland. Murdered and crudely buried, she had been dead from the very beginning.
It was a tragic shock! A day or two later, Bibi's boyfriend confessed to having killed her. And then a day after that, he recanted, saying the confession had been coerced by the police.
Most of my friends who knew the seemingly gentle boyfriend were convinced that he was innocent. No physical evidence was found.
And anyway, what about that man with the van? Some others were sure that he was guilty. This was 30 years ago.
Although I was indirectly connected to these events, I was curious to read Melanie Thernstrom's book. She was Bibi's best friend and much closer to what happened.
Reading her book, I learned that even though she had a front row seat, there were still many unanswered questions. Melanie wondered why things happened the way they did.
She went over the events many times in her mind and looked for underlying meanings. She tried to make sense of what had happened.
There were also some "what ifs", where Melanie pondered how things might have worked out differently, where Bibi wouldn't have died.
Overall, I thought this was extremely well written. Having suffered from painful myself, I could relate to what Melanie wrote. But I do not think I could ever articulate such feelings nearly so well.