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The Slideby Kyle Beachy
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At once an offbeat love story, a moving portrait of a family in crisis, and a darkly funny American comedy, Kyle Beachys arresting debut novel—written in prose that is swift, stunning, and sweet—heralds the arrival of a remarkable new voice in fiction.
Potter Mays retreats immediately after college graduation to the safe house of his childhood home. Like clockwork each morning, his mother makes him eggs, lovingly fried into hollowed-out pieces of toast. His father, in the midst of a campaign to revitalize downtown St. Louis, promises to “poke around” for gainful employment for his son. Potters best friend, Stuart—an “Independent Thought Contractor” working out of his parents lavish pool house—is willing to serve as a kind of life coach, provided, of course, that Potter pays for his services all summer.
Altogether elsewhere, Potters (former? future?) girlfriend, Audrey, is backpacking around Europe with her beautiful bisexual traveling companion, Carmel. Potter was not invited, and getting a good nights sleep has recently become an issue for him.
As enigmatic packages arrive from Audrey, the refuge of life at home soon proves illusory. Potters parents are oddly never in the same room together, the neighbor girl is looking quite adult, and Stuarts much-needed counseling service is subcontracted to a third-party denizen of the pool house with an agenda all his own. And just what are those noises coming from the attic?
Kyle Beachy has woven a uniquely affecting story of the long and hard, then quick and hard, struggle to grow up.
"Beachy's coming-of-age debut about a clueless, jobless, self-pitying college grad is at once hilarious, strange and uncomfortable. After graduating, Potter Mays returns to his parents' home, where, unable to decide whether he really loves his girlfriend, Audrey — who is spending three weeks backpacking through Europe with her bisexual best friend — he retains the services of his childhood friend, Stuart, who makes his living as an independent thought contractor. Potter pieces together memories of his troubled romance, such as his and Audrey's past indiscretions, her family's disregard for him and his lust for Audrey's best friend. As the summer progresses and Potter remains oblivious to even his parents' obviously damaged marriage, he makes an unfortunate and extremely ridiculous series of mistakes in his quest to prove his love. Beachy's characters, infinitely fallible, are real and fleshy, and their loneliness is palpable. Potter's total lack of discipline and common sense are as funny as they are frustrating, and he is lovable even when he's annoying." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Beachy has written a knockout first novel. Part love letter to the American Midwest, part ghost story, and part heartbreaking tale of one young man's struggle to find forgiveness as well as himself, this is a book that you won't want to miss.--Cristina Henrquez, author of "Come Together, Fall Apart."
About the Author
Kyle Beachy lives in Chicago. This is his first novel.
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