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Boarded Windowsby Dylan Hicks
Synopses & Reviews
"Do yourself a favor and read this smart, tender book. The characters will haunt you with their longing and inspire you with their sweet, caustic wit. Dylan Hicks knows his music and his prose is a song in itself."—Sam Lipsyte
"A continually hilarious, hopes-dashed account of an indelible American character: the con man." —Greil Marcus
Wade Salem is a charismatic aesthete, drug dealer, and journeyman country musician. He's also a complicated father figure to this novel's narrator, whose cloudy childhood becomes both clearer and more confusing through Wade's stories, jokes, and lectures. Through the eyes of a keenly observant, underemployed record collector, Wade emerges as a sly, disruptive force, at once seductive and maddening.
Shifting between flashbacks from the seventies and nineties, Boarded Windows is a postmodern orphan story that explores the fallibility of memory and the weight of our social and cultural inheritance. Stylistically layered and searchingly lonesome, Dylan Hicks' debut novel captures the music and mood of the fading embers of America's boomer counterculture.
Dylan Hicks is a songwriter, musician, and writer. His work has appeared in The Village Voice, The New York Times, Star Tribune, City Pages, and Rain Taxi, and he has released three CDs under his own name. A fourth, Sings Bolling Greene, is a soundtrack to this novel and will be released in May 2012. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife Nina Hale and his son Jackson. This is his first novel.
"In his protagonist, musician-writer Hicks presents Wade, a slacker wading through life with little concern for consequences — or people. In Minneapolis, he shows up on the doorstep of the unnamed narrator who abandoned him after being his pseudo-stepfather for several years in late-'70s North Dakota, intent on couch surfing until he can get his act together. Meanwhile the narrator, worried about his houseguest's intentions, stays busy working fulltime at a downtown record store. Eventually, Wade, an egocentric musician and drug peddler, offers intricate pieces of his and the narrator's pasts, adding dramatic tension and atmospheric texture to an unhurried narrative buttressed by longing and loneliness. Woven in are reflective flashbacks about the narrator's mother; a band called Bolling Greene; and the disjointed childhood that created the 'cold, passive, and evasive' person he's become. Glacially paced yet nuanced with fluid prose and a pensive, melancholy undercurrent, Hicks incrementally details Wade's insinuation into the lives of the narrator and his wife, spilling stories of adoption and missed opportunities that threaten everyone's happiness. Hicks composed and performed a companion soundtrack for this debut." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Almost Famous meets Portnoys Complaint: A record store clerk in search of his origins confronts his con-man father figure.
About the Author
Dylan Hicks is a songwriter, musician, and writer. His work has appeared in the Village Voice, New York Times, Star Tribune, City Pages, and Rain Taxi, and he has released three albums under his own name. A fourth, Sings Bolling Greene, is a companion album to this novel and will be released in May 2012. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Nina Hale, and his son, Jackson. This is his first novel.
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