I had been impatiently awaiting Eden Gruger’s second collection of stories,having thoroughly enjoyed Down with Frogs; and it certainly did not disappoint. I read Laughing at Myself preview copy in one sitting and as before, found myself finished all too soon and wanting more. Gruger strikes the perfect balance between the reader being able to empathize with the diverse situations and yet think thank goodness it wasn’t me, in equal measures. It’s hard to pick favourites from the collection but I think for me probably Couch Potatoes and Wheel of Misfortune resonated most. Gruger’s skill is in capturing an anecdote or point in life we can relate to, letting us revel in that moment and enjoy the inevitable hilarious, often embarrassing outcome through her accessible storytelling.
I am in no doubt that another volume will be in the offing before long with a wealth of further escapades from daily life and I shall be at the ready! I am not only happy to recommend Laughing at Myself to my friends and family but will be gladly gifting a copy or two to those who most need a chuckle right now.