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Publisher Comments:

The only taste of life Jesse has known in his twenty years is bitter: his mother disappeared before he could talk, his father never got over being left, and Jesse’s presence seems only to kindle his father’s anger. Jesse’s talent is for music, which has given him a livelihood and a home as a bass player in a bar band called Anything Goes. Band life offers the opportunity for the dregs of experience (hangovers, mildewed hotel rooms), and the antics of his band mates (all of them older than he is; some of them wiser, some not) offer more schooling in hard knocks.

Anything Goes tells Jesse’s story over the course of a year, during which he finds his life slowly being tempered by the unexpected: by a dad who wants to make up and be part of Jesse’s life; by a female lead singer who suddenly makes the band sound a lot better than they have any right to be; and by the confidence Jesse begins to feel in his own musical talent.

A complete departure from the sweeping historical vision of Madison Smartt Bell’s Haitian novels and the gritty cynicism of his intense urban dramas, Anything Goes confirms Bell as one of the most versatile, most gifted, most surprising novelists of his generation.

Synopsis:

In a complete departure from his sweeping historical novels and intense urban dramas, the author of "All Souls' Rising" renders a bittersweet, heartfelt coming-of-age story about a young man on tour with a band called Anything Goes.

About the Author

Madison Smartt Bell is the author of twelve previous works of fiction, including Master of the Crossroads; All Souls’ Rising (a National Book Award finalist); Save Me, Joe Louis; Dr. Sleep; and Soldier’s Joy. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375421259
Author:
Bell, Madison Smartt
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Guitarists
Subject:
Rock musicians
Subject:
Blues musicians
Subject:
Southern states
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Musical fiction.
Subject:
Bands
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
June 2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.54x5.72x1.07 in. 1.00 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In a complete departure from his sweeping historical novels and intense urban dramas, the author of "All Souls' Rising" renders a bittersweet, heartfelt coming-of-age story about a young man on tour with a band called Anything Goes.
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