People, you've got to check this one out! Breathers: A Zombie's Lament is the first published novel by Bay Area writer S. G. Browne. I know, I know - you are SO over zombies. But trust me on this one, this is different. For one, the zombies are the good guys in this story of Andy, who reanimated through no fault of his own after a fatal car accident.
Andy's new not-quite-life includes residing in the wine cellar of his parents' house, with his mom in complete denial and his father angry about the inconvenience his son is causing, Animal Control picking him up and depositing him in an SPCA kennel when he causes trouble, and a support group for the undead where he meets Rita and falls in love.
The back cover bills it as a romantic zombie comedy: a rom-zom-com. I like this label. I like this book. I like the Santa Cruz setting. I like that you can follow Andy's diary and be a part of the community at Undead Anonymous. And I like that FOX Searchlight has bought the film rights, with producers Mason Novick and Diablo Cody.
What are you waiting for? Go out and buy a copy already. Or if you're Bay Area local, meet the author at a signing in California in May or June, or at Comic-Con in July.
PS: Oh yeah. Hat tips to Shannon Page, Cliff Brooks, and the Commander in Chief who all mentioned "Breathers". All of us can't be wrong ... well - we could. But we aren't. So go on and read "Breathers" already.