David Sedaris probably hasn’t achieved ‘full-blown optimist’ status, but there seems to be a more inspired glow driving the stories in The Best of Me, his latest collection.
Do not be alarmed, Sedaris doesn’t do sappy, but there is a definite new tenor in this collection; a pursuit to derive humor from a more positive and healthy self-perspective, and this is a change from past stories that were incredibly humorous, but often dark, and at the expense of those darker, helpless aspects of existentialism.
That’s not to say that The Best of Me doesn’t contain some classic Sedaris; familiar story arcs and the favorite family members/characters are present. What is fascinating is that The Best of Me does represent something new, but old at the same time, maybe this was Sedaris hidden under the surface, only needing a little nudge from time, experience and reflection to feel confident enough to emerge.
Review by Joel