Fight Song by Joshua Mohr
Soft Skull Press, 2013
Satire is one of those things that is insanely difficult to do. Not only does the author have to make the reader laugh, they also have to leave readers with something more than just the fast chuckle or lingering giggle. A strong satire will take down our cultural mores, poke holes in what we believe to be right, and provide a sense of satisfaction at the end of the work.
Fight Song does all this in a nearly flawless manner. The main character’s plight could degenerate into something macabre or even just depressing. But in Mohr’s hands, the story ramps ever upward into stronger absurdity and greater fun.
Not to be missed!
For a different type of work that will make you laugh out loud while tackling today’s cultural mores and the fallout of them, try Writing While Female or Black or Gay.