, Feb 28, 2002
- 309 pages
When an enormous, self-help manuscript lands on the desk of Edwin de Value, a stressed-out, over-worked and underpaid editor at New York's Panderic Press, its fate seems destined to be the bin. Edwin's cynicism of self-help books, coupled with his filthy mood that morning, results in his dismissing Tupak's Soiree's What I Learned on the Mountain in the most ignominious fashion: he doesn't even bother to reply. However, the trouble is that Tupak Soiree's doorstopper is a unique thing: a self-help book that actually works - and before Edwin knows it, a chain of events has been started that will have enormous consequences not just on his own life but for the world at large. Ferguson's first novel is a masterpiece of comic fiction, a must for anyone who has retched on Chicken Soup for the Soul but deep down felt the need for some spiritual and emotional guidance.