Sedaris borrows from the traditional Aesop’s Fables format in Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk to comment on the trials and tribulations of modern life. Each story features anthropomorphic animals who offer brutal insight and occasional moral lessons on life, society, and relationships. The dark, sadistic humor of the fables won’t leave you feeling warm and fuzzy but the stories are certainly entertaining. This collection may not be as good as Sedaris’ biographical essays but will still appeal to fans of humor writing.
Listen to a fun interview with Sedaris about Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk from NPR.