" The Toast is stupendousas brief, urgent, and bracing as a punch to the face. It’s gripping, funny, and unrelentingly bleak (in the best possible way). Matt Marinovich has such a sinister and uncompromising sensibility that one can feel a little morally compromised for enjoying his work so much. If that’s the case, though, I must be a very bad person indeed, because I absolutely loved this book.”
Scott Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan
The Toast is a novel about sibling rivalry that knows no bounds. For as long as they can remember, the Krider brothers have only found true meaning in their war with each other. Bred to viciously compete from an early age by their deranged father, they have upped the ante to dangerous extremes. But the Krider brothers have always obeyed the three sacred rules of the game: No mortal injury. Wait your turn. No end to the game.
On a sweltering day in early July, Rob and Rebecca Krider drive toward the wedding of his younger brother, Craig. A hundred guests have already arrived for the ceremony at the Old Field House. It’s a perfect day for a wedding, but before the morning is over, an unexpected tragedy will strike one of the Krider brothers and a frightening toast will be delivered by one of the guests.
As a shattered widow retreats to her home in Westchester, the surviving brother is increasingly confident he will finally get to live a normal life without the game. At first, it seems like he might be right, but as the months pass, he suddenly realizes that strange coincidences in his everyday life might have a more sinister cause. Could it be that the game he thought was over is threatening to destroy his life again? But who’s pulling the strings now that his only archrival is dead? It’s clear that one last turn is being taken, and all the old rules are being broken, except for one: there is no end to the game.
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About the Author
Matt Marinovich is the author of The Winter Girl and Strange Skies. He has taught fiction and nonfiction at Emerson College, Baruch College, and New York University. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I don't know how else to describe my fast and frenzied read of this book except that it felt like a delicious bender. In need of an escape and something that would suck me in right away, this did just the trick. What surprised me was just how enveloped I would be with each character. Just like what I love about The Wire, Marinovich really lets you go in deep with each POV, without attempting to sway you. You're not sure who to root for, and that's the beauty of it all. It's genius yet satisfying, sinister yet humorous, and dark yet beautifully poetic. I couldn't put it down and can't wait to move on to the author's other books.