Kelly Palamino is not crazy. Yes, water does talk to him: his toilet tells him to eat fish; his Water Pik quotes Ezra Pound. His ex-wife denies they were ever married and is actively seeking to have him committed. But Kelly Palamino is not crazy. Lost? Yes; but not crazy.
Palamino is a modern-day cowboy, living out the sunny days of his late 20s alone in a ramshackle apartment in downtown Jackson, Wyoming. On just such a day, reclining on his front porch with his cat, Alice, and sipping a Mello-Yello, he spies the love of his life. Unfortunately, it's her wedding day.
Sex and Sunsets is Tim Sandlin's page-turner of a first novel about the madness that ensues when individuals fall in or out of love with other individuals. Told in Kelly's singularly offbeat voice, Sandlin's novel showcases a deftness of characterization and narrative. Despite his seeming inability to behave in a reasonable manner, Kelly Palamino wins the reader over with unflinching integrity and amiability. Even at the very depths of her egregious betrayal, Kelly still greets his ex-wife as he always has: "I'm glad to see you, Julie."