VIRTUAL - Brazos Book Club with James Clammer

Saturday, January 15, 2022 - 2:00pm

Brazos Bookstore store employee Mark Haber leads a freestyle conversation about a wide variety of fiction. No need to worry if you haven’t read this month’s book. All are welcome!

This month we will be meeting via Zoom. We will be joined by author James Clammer. Please register here.

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Insignificance Cover Image
ISBN: 9781552454343
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coach House Books - September 7th, 2021

For fans of DucksNewburyport and Rivka Galchen's Atmospheric Disturbances, a day-in-the-life of a plumber whose troubles are all coming to a head.

In an addictive, interior-monologue lyric novel, we meet Joseph. Back on the job after a long leave, he's not at all sure he'll make it through the day.

Bad thoughts keep creeping in. He believes that his son, suffering from a condition in which he believes someone close to him has been replaced by an imposter, has tried to kill his wife. And that he'll try again. And that his wife is planning to leave him.

Meanwhile, he's fixing a sink for his wife's friend.

Insignificance unfurls over the course of a single day. Placing the reader inside the head of the struggling Joseph, it works double time, as a portrait of the uncertainty and awkwardness of one vulnerable man and his relationship with the world, and also as a tense, emotional, and gripping drama.

In this deeply human and highly inventive story, we have a novel that portrays the thoughts of one working man on his own terms, without artifice or condescension. James Clammer pries open the head of a plumber to reveal the portrait of a fracturing mind taking us closer and closer to the edge.