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The Anomalies is the story of five quirky nonconformists who come together to make sweet rock music in their small Midwestern town primarily inhabited by tiny-minded, walking stereotypes.
Luster wants the ultimate form of the American dream — rock stardom — despite being a twenty-four-year-old man living in the ghetto with his crack-dealing brothers. Opal is a sex-crazed party machine despite being an eighty-year-old woman. Ember hates the world and wants to destroy it despite being an eight-year-old girl. Ray loves America and all of its inhabitants despite being a middle-aged, effeminate Iraqi soldier. Aurora is frigid and deplores young people despite being a sexy, Satan-worshiping teenager.
And now these misfits have formed a band — a band so different, so utterly unpredictable that they might just be able to slip between a crack, rise above their small-town existence, tour the world, and in the process make us all reconsider our stale old conventions.
"What becomes clear soon enough is that this messy debut is the latest report from the front in America's never-ending cultural clash between the Hip and the Square....Unfortunately, Goebel's formulation is tired...and the battle lines not sharply drawn." Kirkus Reviews
Joey Goebel's brilliant debut stirred early fans with its comical look at mainstream American pop-culture. Silas House called this story of five eccentric misfits who come together to make rock music and question convention in a small Kentucky town, "a hilarious, irreverent and wildly original roller coaster ride of a novel." Now in paperback, The Anomalies is sure to reach an even larger following and continue to spark the fires of nonconformity.
Joey Goebel's brilliant debut stirred fans with its comical look at mainstream American pop culture. Silas House called this story of five eccentric misfits who come together to make rock music and question convention in a small Kentucky town, "a hilarious, irreverant, and wildly orginal roller coaster of a novel."
About the Author
Joey Goebel was born and raised in Henderson, Kentucky. He has a B.A. in English from Brescia University, and his debut novel, The Anomalies, was published in 2003. He is the former lead singer of the Mullets and Novembrists.
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