Following the success of The Locklear Letters (MacAdam/Cage 2003), Michael Kun returns with his new novel, My Wife and My Dead Wife, a witty look at the strange life of Hamilton “Ham” Ashe.
After suffering a lifetime of stale jokes about his name, the lingering regrets of losing his first wife, and the haunting memories of a childhood prank gone tragically awry, Ham has little ambition other than to pay the rent, get home on time, and not to be too unhappy.
But his modest goals are thwarted by life’s twists and turns. His girlfriend suddenly insists that the two are married and announces her desire to become a fringed-and-ginghamed country-western singer, despite having little musical talent. His boss begins courting a co-worker and Ham is left to handle all the tedious work. His brother’s lies put Ham in the middle of a divorce fight. What’s a poor schmuck to do?
Written with Kun’s characteristic charm and humor, My Wife and My Dead Wife is a tribute to lost men everywhere.
Michael Kun is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia Law School. His first novel, A Thousand Benjamins (Atlantic Monthly Press), was published in 1990. His short stories have appeared in Other Voices, Fiction, StoryQuarterly, and Cottonwood, among other publications. He lives and works in Los Angeles, where he is working on a new novel, a short story collection, and a children's book.
“Kun tells a relationship story from a divorced man's perspective. Though frustratingly passive and unambitious, Hamilton "Ham" Ashe is a likable and witty protagonist…many readers will enjoy Kun's clever prose and running gags (e.g., using euphemisms for profanity) and be drawn to the characters, particularly Ham.”
— Library Journal
Publication Date: June 15, 2004
trim size: 5x8 Hardcover