Author: Joel Meares Published: March 25th 2015 by Black Inc.
My late twenties have felt like a series of slow-motion epiphanies, each one sneaking up before slapping me in my newly acquired jowls. Everything I said I’d do ‘by the time I’m thirty’ as a glassy-eyed graduate is now in the ‘by the time I’m forty’ box.
I have to admit, it is a completely surreal feeling, reading a book set in the place where you grew up. Particularly when that place has never really been the centre of anything, besides a local newspaper article about realty every now and again. But this book is set where I grew up. And it’s written by someone I grew up knowing. And it’s awesome
Now I’m not plugging this book simply because I somewhat know the author, I am plugging this book because it’s smart, witty, humorous and very entertaining (all at the authors expense of course, but entertaining nonetheless). More of a series of essays rather than an actual story, We’re All Going to Die (Especially Me) illustrates several key points in Meares’ adult life that have caused some kind of awakening about who he was becoming, the man he was as an adult and no longer a fledgling twenty-something. He writes about finally figuring out that he was gay (read more about that here) and about his family life growing up mostly with his mum (more on that here).
However big or small each event and it’s telling in the book seem to be, Meares writes with such clever and engaging language (I suppose that’s what being a journalist teaches you), that almost any audience should be captivated by this book. Granted, it’s definitely not targeted at young adults (read: teens), however, there is a lot to be learnt from his discoveries for early twentys to thirties and even older- because let’s face it, we are all always still discovering things about ourselves, that’s very relatable.
You can find a detailed interview with Joel Meares about his book here.
Meares appears at the Sydney Writers’ Festival in the ‘Myself in Pieces’ talk with Kim Williams and Hannie Rayson, Thursday May 21, 3-4pm.