My Impending Death




A saint?

Angus Truax—Mr. Misery to his colleagues—profiles victims of misfortune. His articles touch hearts and inspire charity.

Unfortunately for Angus, he loathes his job, his subjects, and his life—so much that he decides to end it.

More Fool than Hamlet, this unlikely hero jokes his way to the grave, soothing his own despair with rude, audacious honesty.

But even a suicidal hermit can’t shut out life completely. Before he can make his exit, one last unlucky soul comes knocking at his door, pleading for help, and Angus finds himself falling into what he calls the world’s oldest trap.

To his astonishment, he discovers that his story isn’t over yet.

“Laser works writing magic… [T]he novel becomes a seesaw of tender moments, total screw-ups, and a suspense that becomes unbearable… Laser… mounts a steamroller of a novel.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Michael Laser has written a down-to-earth New Jersey love story that convinces with every detail and rings powerfully true—a real achievement. Funny, mordant, soulful, with a sneaky plot that grabs you, My Impending Death is a hard book to put down.”

— Ian Frazier

“Laser’s third novel is a charming and satisfying story, funny without being an out-and-out comedy, a beautifully executed character study… Laser isn’t as well known as he ought to be, but, with any luck, this book will give him some serious exposure.”


“With clever writing and surprisingly fitting humor…. My Impending Death is more a story about living than about dying… Infused with humor about both the most serious of topics and the most mundane elements of life itself, My Impending Death never disappoints.”

—San Francisco Book Review [5-star review]