Book Review: The Man Who Came and Went by Joe Stillman

July 14, 2022

About:

The Man Who Came and Went by Joe Stillman is a magical realism novel taking place in Arizona. Mr. Stillman is a novelist, screenwriter, and producer. His repertoire includes Shrek, Beavis and Butthead, as well as King of the Hill.

  • 240 pages
  • Publisher ‏ : City Point Press
  • Language ‏ : English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : 1947951386

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Book Review: The Man Who Came and Went by Joe Stillman
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Thoughts:

This book was a delightful surprise. Additionally, the book is a bit of everything, some science-fiction, a dash of fantasy, and a drop of realism living of a dysfunctional family in a dead-end small town.

Like many other SFF stories, The Man Who Came and Went by Joe Stillman is not about those elements, but about everyone around them. The mysterious Bill Bill can see through people, reading their minds. But he’s also new in town and is learning about what it takes to become human. He can see into humans,be able to understand peoples’ flaws, struggles, and mistakes.

There are a bunch of characters in this book, but each has a purpose, and the side stories make sense in the context of the whole. Mr. Stillman kept that “small-town feel” while writing a much larger story.  Each of the characters, sans Bill Bill of course, seems real. Not overly written, and with real-world issues hoping that Bill would be able to help. Bill, on the other hand, is a bit confused himself, but knows how to ask the right questions, rather than just give overly simplistic answers.

While the book might seem simple at first glance, it is a moving story, with colorful characters and a healthy dose of humor. I didn’t expect the book to be so much fun, and so full of heart, while at the same time being quirky and funny – it was a nice surprise and a great summer read.

Synopsis:

Belutha Maria lives in Hadley, AZ, a small town, indeed getting smaller. Belutha lives with her dysfunctional mother Maybell and two siblings – all from different fathers.

To Maybell’s Diner comes a new cook, Bill Bill, a drifter with the ability to read minds. Bill prepares customers’ food without them ordering and becomes a successful curiosity. No one knows where Bill came from, some think he knows the secrets to the universe, others the secret to life and death.

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