Sam the Cat
Sam the Cat
And Other Stories
By Matthew Klam
Vintage, Paperback, 9780375726613, 256pp.
Publication Date: May 29, 2001
Knowing, perceptive, and wickedly funny, Matt Klam loves his characters but spares them nothing: the swaggering womanizer Sam falls in love with a woman across a crowded room who, upon closer inspection, turns out to be not quite what he expected; a self-doubting young professional attends the posh wedding of his successful friend and delivers a disastrous toast; the chicken one man's girlfriend is preparing for dinner comes to embody the darkly corrosive element in their relationship. These stories crackle with humor, intelligence and style and add up to an outrageously funny, unforgettable debut.
“A riveting, honest and unvarnished voice that sounds like no one else’s.”–Los Angeles Times
“Repeatedly nails the fragile braggadocio of the modern American male.... Each story takes on a memorable life of its own, thanks to Klam’s...ability to find the perfect word or phrase.”–San Francisco Chronicle
“A knockout. [Klam] seems to have tapped right into the heads of certain men, none of whom you want courting your daughter.”–Portland Oregonian