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Strange Nervous Laughter

Strange Nervous Laughter

Strange Nervous Laughter is a book about love

About what love does to us, and how our lives are changed by being in love, out of love or on the brink of love.

With a dollop of magical realism and a pinch of black humour, it follows six very different characters – a cashier-turned-motivational speaker, an undertaker with a toenail fetish, a girl wrapped in dreams, a man who communicates with whales, a garbage-removal man with a peculiar smell, and a Guinness Book of Records representative bound in a corset of cynicism – as they muddle their way through the hottest summer Durban has ever known, trying their best to figure out what it is they want and how to get it.

An intriguing blend of lyricism, whimsy and wit, Strange Nervous Laughter is about love and friendship and relationships – and sex and food and Durban – and the odd ways in which we sometimes behave.

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