Reviews for Larry's Kidney : Being the True Story of How I Found Myself in China with My Black Sheep Cousin and His Mail-Order Bride, Skirting the Law to Get Him a Transplant--and Save His Life


Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews
When his estranged cousin Larry calls to say he's dying of kidney disease, author Rose (Hiding Place: A Father and his Sons Retrace Their Family's Escape from the Holocaust) doesn't know what to think; grimly determined, Larry makes Rose an unlikely recruit in his quest for an illegal kidney transplant in China. Along the way to finding a mail-order bride, falling in love with an alien country and saving Larry's life, the duo experience extreme culture shock, flirt with espionage and discover unimaginable qualities in each other. Rose's rhythms and comic timing, particularly in dialog with his cousin, will keep readers laughing throughout, even when they're crying, frustrated or perplexed at the warts-and-all characters that emerge (Larry himself is particularly unpolished, gaining in empathy what he loses in likability). While they dance around the morality of their errand, the crux of the travelogue is two old friends learning to reconcile for a life-saving adventure in a foreign world. A satisfying, hysterical page-turner, this will captivate fans of travel writing and family narratives, with special interest for anyone who's helped a love one through serious illness. (May) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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