Home Land’s anti-hero, Lewis (or “Teabag” as he has come to be known since the “incident”), is a slob who by his own assessment has failed to live up to his own potential. He “did not pan out”. Annoyed by the phonies who submit over-the-top success stories to his high school alumni newsletter, Lewis decides to write in to the newsletter with the unvarnished truth of his own failings. The book is written as a collection of the rambling submissions that Lewis sends in to the newsletter.
Through each missive to the newsletter, none of which are actually published, we slowly learn the story of Teabag’s life. He also spills the dirt on those other East Valley High School Catamount alumni in the interest of clearing the air. The story leads up to the climactic big reunion, “Time Will Take You On! A Togethering”. That togethering thing killed me.
This book is great. It seems to have had a strange publishing history as well. It was first published in England (it’s an American story written by an American). Then it was released straight to paperback. That’s all I know about that story. Anyway, I have a high school reunion of an impossibly large number of years coming up this very weekend. With luck, it will be nothing like the Togethering of the East Valley Catamounts.