If you LOVE the works of David Sedaris, you might like this one. If you only LIKE his work, well…you may be disappointed. It is not at all what I expected. With very few exceptions, it is almost depressing! I listened to the audiobook, and even his voice (which in itself can be comical at times) sounded sad.
Just as the title states, Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002, are excerpts from his diaries during this time period. I did find it surprising how much he struggled before he “made” it in the publishing world. I think a lot of us forget that it is certainly not easy to be a writer, much less a published author. There is talk of his struggles with alcohol. This work also describes how difficult it was in the late 1970s and early 1980s to be a gay man.
Not that everything he says or does is a downer. He talks about his great relationship with his sister Amy, and how they worked together on a variety of projects. There are some funny moments with his other sister Lisa and their father. And we do find out in more detail how Hugh comes into his life.
I would never say that this book is not worth reading or listening to. Selfishly, I wanted vintage David Sedaris. This title is definitely not that!