FICTION

Processed Cheese

Little, Brown. Jan. 2020. 400p. ISBN 9780316043373. pap. $28; ; ebk.ISBN 9780316126274. F
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What happens when a bag of money suddenly falls from the sky at the feet of a man struggling to get by? That’s the premise of this wickedly absurdist satire from Wright (The Amalgamation Polka) set in the not-too-distant future. While aimlessly looking for work one day, the unemployed Graveyard is in the right place at the right time when a large bag of money falls from the window of a skyscraper, and he knows exactly what to do with this gift from above. He and wife Ambience begin living the good life, filling their small apartment near to bursting with expensive new acquisitions and indulging themselves in every way possible. There is soon trouble in paradise, however, as the owner of the money, a Wall Street Master of the Universe type named MisterMenu, wants his money back and will stop at nothing—including murder—to get it. What follows is a chase first through the metropolis of Mammoth City and eventually through Randomburg, Graveyard’s boyhood hometown, as the pair attempt to stay a step ahead of MisterMenu’s hired guns.
VERDICT While the satire is occasionally obvious and over-the-top, this is a richly comic—and one might say, right on the money

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