One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

Editorial reviews

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

A substantial portion of “One More Thing” could have been excised to make a more cohesive and consistent collection, instead of a frequently brilliant but sometimes frustrating hodgepodge.

One More Thing is the flawed work of a talented writer, not the readable work of a talented actor.

While several of the shorter sketches are charmingly whimsical, few have the impact of either flash fiction or the aphoristic, often Zen-koan-like concision of someone like Lydia Davis.

Novak creates a spectrum of work from the mediocre to the deliciously tongue-in-cheek. If you don’t like something, just wait—a new piece is usually only a page or two away.

He’s already established himself as both a gifted observer of the human condition and a very funny writer capable of winning that rare thing: unselfconscious, insuppressible laughter.

It is Mr. Novak’s gift for channeling the way we talk and think today that propels many of the funnier tales here.

Not only is it fresh and original and funny, but it’s beyond witty and showcases a unique voice that can be compared to Woody Allen and David Sedaris.