Synopses & Reviews
Bawdy, joyous, messy, hysterically funny, and guaranteed to offend regardless of religion, race, national origin, sexual orientation, or profession Between the Bridge and the River
is the debut novel by Craig Ferguson, host of CBS's The Late Late Show
Two childhood friends from Scotland and two illegitimate half-brothers from the American South suffer and enjoy all manner of bizarre experiences which, as it turns out, are somehow interconnected and, surprisingly enough, meaningful. An eclectic cast of characters includes Carl Jung, Fatty Arbuckle, Virgil, Marat, Socrates, and Tony Randall. Love, greed, hope, revenge, organized religion, and Hollywood are alternately tickled and throttled. Impossible to summarize and impossible to stop reading, this is a romantic comic odyssey that actually delivers and rewards.
"A gallery of grotesques slogs through the sewers of the entertainment industry toward redemption in this exhilarating debut novel from the host of The Late Late Show. Leading the pack are Fraser, a Scottish 'phony TV evangelist... drunken, selfish media prick... gossip and sot' who has been disgraced in a sex scandal; his cancer-stricken boyhood pal, George; vapid sit-com star Leon; and Leon's 300-pound, sexually perverted Svengali brother, Saul. They make their separate but linked ways through a world populated by snake handlers, serial killers, dead-eyed whores and hack studio executives pushing formulaic action films, while they take hallucinatory side trips. The sprawling tale, with plenty of Scottish backstory, casts a jaundiced eye on media debaucheries and petty vanities, throwing in miscellaneous riffs on everything from Starbuck's to escort ads, but Ferguson is particularly sharp and funny on Hollywood proper. For every satire of organized religion or a Vegas that's 'as glitzy as a trailer park at Christmas,' however, he delivers an injunction to 'help others' or an ode to Paris in springtime that somehow sounds fresh. The result is a tour de force of cynical humor and poignant reverie, a caustic yet ebullient picaresque that approaches the sacred by way of the profane." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Profane on its surface, ethical at its core and always fun, this debut marks the arrival of an important comic talent." Kirkus Reviews
"[S]trange, funny, profane, surreal, and surprisingly moving....Fond of deranged, slightly warped humor? Try this." Booklist
"...Ferguson knows how to keep people awake, and he does just that with his lively first novel." Library Journal
"Ferguson knows how to maintain an artful balance." Los Angeles Times
About the Author
Craig Ferguson, host of The Late Late Show, was born in Glasgow and worked his way through the entertainment industry as a drummer, comedian, actor, and director. He moved to America in 1995 and has written for television and film, including Saving Grace and I'll Be There, in which he also starred.