If you want to release a novel that maintains readers’ interests, it’d better have a LOT going on. Throw in a car chase, some crimes (both of the high and low kind), and some flawed heroes and you’ve got the key ingredients for modern fiction. Instead of losing his voice amongst conventions and familiarity, author Jason Tanamor puts a signature spin on a high-octane thriller and makes it both funny AND intense. Now that’s a combination that’s extremely rare these days.
In Drama Dolls, Tanamor has crafted a tale for everyone, and I say this because it contains both diatribes on the false illusions of youth and the fright that accompanies of getting old. Acting as a catalyst for this commentary on life as we know it is Jeffrey, who experiences first hand the tumult that a human can suffer. In the face of such a maelstrom of dire circumstances, Jeffrey embarks on a journey that is so different than what other fictional characters choose to follow, and this is what makes Drama Dolls so cool. With formulas thrown out the window, the reader doesn’t know which direction the author is going to take in telling this story of a grieving man and his decision to distract his thoughts instead of facing his emotions head on.
But this is what propels the story forward. We meet a cast of characters who share in Jeffrey’s grief and want him to heal, but also want to be good friends and accompany Jeffrey on his unconventional path. The problem with that is Jeffrey needs help, and with his downward trajectory, he goes to places that are dark and deep.
Drama Dolls is interesting and important for a few reasons. the major one being the question it poses being what do we do when we lose the one we love? And how do we bounce back from it?