Postcards from a Dead Girl by Kirk Farber
Published: 2010 by Harper Perennial
Sid sells travel packages via telephone. He is not much of a traveller. But when he starts getting postcards from various international destinations without any signatures and with relatively old postmarks, he sets out on a mini-quest to track down the origin of the postcards, thinking it my be his ex-girlfriend, Zoe, who is sending them.
The story isn't as simple as that, of course. His dead mother talks to him through a bottle of wine in the basement. The smell of lilac overcomes him on occasion without warning. He obviously has issues that he is not willing to face and he is letting everything else in his life slip by.
I initially picked up this book because of the back cover's description of a "solo European jaunt" (ok, it doesn't take much for me to pick up a book) and though that was only a small part of this story, I still enjoyed the book anyway. It's a bit hard to explain without spoiling anything, but there's a little bit of adventure, a little dark comedy, a little family drama, a little sadness and a little romance that all seems to come together and work for me. Sid is a quirky guy who I both liked and disliked and I want to see him solve his postcard mystery. Does it get solved? Well, you will have to read the book.