Many works of "literary" fiction are often touted on the dust jacket as "laugh-out-loud funny." What a lie. Nothing is more humorless than a "literary" novel. My advise to anyone who enjoys humor in fiction is to avoid any novel that has won some kind of literary reward and is advertised as funny. This is no joke. These works are places where humor and interesting prose go to die. The chance of finding anything funny in one of these books is less than finding a detailed discussion of syphilis in a romance novel.