Book Review: Early Bird by Rodney Rothman

Author: Rodney Rothman
Title: Early Bird
Publication Info: Simon & Schuster (2005)
ISBN: 0743242173


This book starts off with a 28 year old Rothman losing his job as a television comedy writer and deciding to “retire early” to a senior community in Florida.  The premise reads like the plot of a dumb sitcom and the cornball style of writing in the early going of this book almost made me put it down.  Somewhere along the way the book changes its tone.  First, Rothman finds himself unable to leave after the joke has played out and second he begins to see the humanity of the elderly people living in retirement in South Florida and even makes some friends.  He also makes some wry observations of the cliques and petty gossip in the community that should disabuse anyone of escaping these things with the wisdom of old age.  Overall, its enjoyable book with some funny bits and some insightful bits that makes it just good enough to barely overcomes its weak start.

Recommended books: Dishwasher by Pete Jordan,
Rating: **1/2

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