Jun 30, 2010
For the last year a good portion of my time has been spent south of Grand Rapids in the Saugatuck/Douglas area. I’ve known about this book for some time as a coffee house (that is actually featured in a story in the book) I frequent has had copies for sale for some time. The book was listed as part of the summer reading program at the GRPL so there were copies in abundance. Figured it was about time…
At Least In The City Someone Would Hear Me Scream by Wade Rouse: The book reads like a cross between David Sedaris and a rural checklist. Clearly Wade Rouse is gay and is slightly candid with his relationship with his partner and along with the Michigan backdrop did bring some truly funny moments. There are a lot of pop culture references and relatable moments being a “Michigander” and a working stiff urbanite.
Many of Wade’s battles are some myself struggle with looking to the future. Currently I live in the slightly large town of Grand Rapids and finding desires to move to the slightly small town of Saugatuck. Wade’s starting lessons are larger then anything I would ever want but his ending goal I found similar.
The book is a quick read and highly recommended for anybody who is a fan of the Sedaris style of storytelling.