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Inherited Disorders | Adam Erhlich Sachs

May 4, 2016

My review of Adam Erhlich Sachs’s Inherited Disorders ran today in the Boston Globe.

This book was a lot of fun. I wasn’t sure 117 short flash pieces all focused on the same subject (father/son relationships) would hold my attention, but Sachs mixes things up enough to keep things interesting. That’s not to say he doesn’t repeat himself occasionally, but there’s enough humor and wit in the stories to give them each something to make the experience worthwhile. I was skeptical at first, but what won me over was when I laughed out loud at the invocation of the “Alligator Holocaust” in the story about the children’s book writer who reimagines his tyrannical father as an alligator. After that, I was willing to trust where Sachs was taking me.

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