Toby travels with a woman who pays. He's got it made, except that her nine-year-old daughter is smarter than he is. Part of the Toby series, this time set in the south of France. From the Foreign Matter reviews: “A very, very funny book"—The West Coast Review of Books. “Enormously enjoyable”—Kirkus Reviews. “Fresh and spirited”—Publishers Weekly. More
Toby travels with a woman who pays. He's got it made, except that her nine-year-old daughter is smarter than he is.
Part of the Toby series, including Foreign Matter, The Cad and Will You Please fuck Off? This one is set in the south of France.
Sophisticated humor in a light international comic novel.
HarperCollins Authonomy comments on Total Moisture:
“Despite the glowing reviews in the pitch, the blurb does not do Total Moisture justice. The work is undeniably zany, off the wall, offbeat and 100% hilariously and riotously funny..”—Robert Davidson (The Tuzla Run on Smashwords)
“I want to take this on holiday next week!”—Liz Hoban
“What a fantastic book…Polished and professional stuff.”—Yasmin Esack (The God Equation)
‘This is funny with a capital FUN. You have that draining sarcasm that pulls laughter from the chest and secret smiles at agreement in everything you say.’—andrew skaife
“yep..truly funny! Have to say, maybe it's just me, but when I read your short blurb I thought, 'oh, no..that means it won't be funny'..but it IS..yayyyyy!”—Deborah Aldrich Farhi
“The male character who professes to not read literature speaks as if he came from great literature.”—A J Mahler
“Irreverent from page one - that's my kind of book….You definitely get the tenor and timing of humor in writing, which is no easy task.”—Christian Piatt (Split Ticket)
“from the start a very good book. written with such smooth style.”—Su Dan
“I wish I had read Foreign Matter. I feel like I missed something. I'm sure it was as funny as Total Moisture.”—Walden Carrington
“Great stuff - very funny. As a toilet reader, I appreciated the opening. Excellent dialogue throughout.”—Barry Wenlock
“well-crafted and enjoyable.”—Katherine L. Holmes (The House in Windward Leaves on Smashwords)
“Clever and laugh-out-loud funny.”—Joanna Carter
“I truly wish I had half your talent.”—Denise
“Witty, funny, smart.”—Elizabeth Wolfe
“Very well written and funny.”—Herschel Shirley
“a pleasure to read.”—Andrew Burans
“I haven’t been in the south of France for years so I really enjoyed the descriptions of such a beautiful place. Your dialogue is very well done: always brief and to the point.”—Burgio
“Your pitch sucked me in to read your book & your tight paragraphs & dialogue kept me reading.”—Susie Gulick
From the editorial reviews of Foreign Matter:
The West Coast Review of Books
Unlike so many humorous novels of today that are either bitter and biting or so outrageously silly that it leaves the reader feeling empty, this one’s truly a very, very funny book….Robert MacLean writes as a true humorist with witty observations and illuminations that wrap themselves warmly around the funny bone. Yet he is not above writing a hilarious slapstick when the need arises. MacLean’s observations on such everyday matters as flying, sleeping, eating and life in general are alone worth the price of the book. However, the addition of a wild and unpredictable plot with characters so wonderfully rich and eccentric, makes the book even more of a joy.
The high jinks of a loveable ne’er-do-well expatriate—in an often very funny novel in the style of P.G. Wodehouse or Kingsly Amis. Toby Tucker is an amiable, quite lazy young man in his late 30’s who has left New York with numerous collection agents on his tail: “Most of them couldn’t make it as thugs, and they’re bitter about it.” An energetic comedy of errors….fighting his way through blinding hangovers to somehow blunder through victoriously—but he’s enormously enjoyable while he’s at it.
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