Episode 351 — Daniel Handler

   

Daniel Handler is the guest. His new novel We Are Pirates is now available from Bloomsbury.  It is the official March selection of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

Booklist, in a starred review, says

Handler (aka children’s author Lemony Snicket) has never been known for writing precisely happy novels, and his latest certainly doesn’t deviate. What could easily have been a slightly silly, fantastical romp becomes, instead, in Handler’s capable hands, a macabre, darkly human portrayal of family dynamics and growing up in a world running low on adventure . . . peppered with black humor.

And Jess Walter says

We Are Pirates will dazzle, disturb, and delight you. It might even do things to you that don’t start with the letter D, like remind you what it’s like to be young, or convince you that Daniel Handler can do anything.

Monologue topics: the dentist, cough, mail, work, fear, money, children.