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It just doesn’t sound that promising to begin with. An autobiographical account in which depressed and terminally underemployed French writer Grégoire Boullier describes how miserable he felt after an ex-girlfriend (who dumped his pretty shamelessly, by the way) calls up out of the blue to nonchalantly invite him to a party. The book that resulted though, The Mystery Guest, is a little slice of perfect. Boullier’s attention to the minutae of depression and the spasmodic and its self-pitying mental reveries turn this slim book into something that’s not quite great literature but something quite a bit more than some guy whining about his ex. Funny, sad, and strangely meaningful.
My review is at the PopMatters website.Link.