In Clayfeld Rejoices, Clayfeld Laments, Robert Pack has created an American picaresque hero of chance, choice and fate. Through Clayfeld, a comic everyman, Pack explores the nature of beauty, sorrow, and art, as well as the potential for happiness. Thwarted continually by ordinary defeats, Clayfeld endures and laughs, loves and remembers. An odyssey bursting with life in all its imperfections. Clayfeld Rejoices, Clayfeld Laments is a joyous and exuberant narration of an inextinguishable character whose spirit triumphs through humor in this vigorous book.