A Fraction of the Whole Jasper Dean, a twentysomething rotting in an Australian detention center, has plenty of time to reflect on the "hideous odyssey" of his upbringing. His overbearing… A Fraction of the Whole Jasper Dean, a twentysomething rotting in an Australian detention center, has plenty of time to reflect on the "hideous odyssey" of his upbringing. His overbearing… 2008-02-12 Action/Adventure Fiction Spiegel & Grau
Book Review

A Fraction of the Whole (2008)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Feb 12, 2008; Writer: Steve Toltz; Genres: Action/Adventure, Fiction; Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

Jasper Dean, a twentysomething rotting in an Australian detention center, has plenty of time to reflect on the ''hideous odyssey'' of his upbringing. His overbearing (and recently deceased) single dad hatched half-baked schemes that led the pair from a strip club to a maze-ridden house in the Australian bush to the jungles of Thailand. Jasper's conflicted memories of his dad — told in rollicking, stream-of-consciousness prose — skitter through the novel's 530 pages. But in Steve Toltz's A Fraction of the Whole, sometimes Jasper is laugh-out-loud funny. But just as often, his recollections are too dense and long-winded to penetrate. B

Originally posted Feb 08, 2008 Published in issue #978 Feb 15, 2008 Order article reprints