I learned from Facebook (!) this morning that the first review of The Tanners has appeared in the August 20-26 issue of Time Out New York. The review is by Drew Toal:
Walser’s writing lacks much of the outright cynicism and existential despair that characterizes the work of his better-known contemporaries. The sensibility is that of a writer who understands misery but chooses to dance a jig around it, hinting at the melancholy rather than diving in headfirst. Simon is the perfect vehicle for Walser’s playful, faux-obsequious language—through him, the many tangents and clownish hyperbole that make Walser so special seem natural.