Clumsy – Jeffrey Brown

Simply drawn, honestly told, this comic novel about one of Brown’s relationships has poignant and humorous moments. In the final analysis, however, the story is episodic at the expense of revelations about the characters. It’s one thing to explore the less savory aspects of ourselves, but it does little if we never understand why the flaws exist and if they can never be overcome. I’m much more interested in his mini sequel, Be A Man, that “corrects” and reshapes the psychologically disturbed Brown from Clumsy into a frat-boy jerk. Hilarious, but only when viewed side by side.