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God Clobbers Us All: A Novel

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Eighteen-year-old Edgar Donahoe is a rest home nurse's aid surfer-boy adulterer who, along with his lesbian Blackfoot nurse's aid best friend, Pat Fillmore, becomes responsible for the disappearance of their fellow worker, Beverly Fey, after an LSD party gone awry. Set against the dilapidated halls of a San Diego rest home, Lemon Acres, in the 1970s, this story is the shimmering, hysterical, and melancholy account of Edgar's struggles with romance, death, friendship, and an ill-advised affair with the wife of a maladjusted war veteran. Ballantine's own brand of delicious quirkiness and storytelling is smooth and compelling, and God Clobbers Us All is guaranteed to satisfy Ballantine fans, as well as convert those lucky enough to be discovering his work for the first time. Suggestive of Charles Bukowski and Jack Kerouac, Ballantine's first novel is offbeat, compelling, and fun!

Review:

"It's impossible not to be charmed by the narrator of Poe Ballantine's comic and sparklingly intelligent God Clobbers Us All." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"God Clobbers Us All, by gum, I couldn't have said it better myself. He might've added, however, that this is only the beginning of our troubles. I almost split my tombstone laughing. This man Poe Ballantine can write the stockings off a schoolmarm." Mark Twain

Review:

"What do I think about Poe Ballantine? I try to not to think about Poe Ballantine. I'm not much for blurbs either. I put them right up there with creative writing workshops. Hell of a good looking cover, though. Now hand me that can of Schlitz and let me get back to work. All this talk about my death has got me in a funk." Charles Bukowski

Review:

"I understand Mr. Ballantine came to the Whaling Bar looking for me the other evening. I'm so pleased to see a man who can handle his similes. I imagine I'll meet him soon enough. You know, I never liked La Jolla society much either, although the oysters at the La Valencia were always very good." Raymond Chandler

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"Bless my soul, if I had not been clobbered myself coming back from that hunting trip in El Centro with my new bride, I think I would've gotten around to a novel of similarly hilarious and desperate proportions. Alas, I was not much of a driver, and the Grand Old Man in the Tuxedo Above said to me: four novels is all you get. Bon voyage, Poe Ballantine, and the very best of luck to you." Nathanael West

Synopsis:

In a San Diego rest home in the 1970s, eighteen-year-old surfer-boy orderly, Edgar Donahoe, struggles along until the night he and his best friend become responsible for the disappearance of a fellow worker.

About the Author

Poe Ballantine lives in Chadron, Nebraska, and his work has appeared in The Sun and the Atlantic Monthly Online. In 1998, he won a Best American Short Story award. His debut collection, Things I Like About America, was published in 2002.

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lukas, May 23, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
I know they say never judge a book by its cover, but how about its title? I picked this up because I read the title in the back of another book. The debut novel from American writer Poe Ballantine is set in Southern California in the 70s and is redolent of the work of Denis Johnson (particularly "Jesus' Son") and any number of teenage wasteland books. Told in a deadpan, slightly sardonic tone, it's entertaining, but a little formulaic (sex, drugs, listless romances, drinking, dead end jobs) and not particularly affecting. Cool packaging by local publisher Hawthorne Books. -
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780971691544
Author:
Ballantine, Poe
Publisher:
Hawthorne Books
Location:
Portland, Or.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Christian biography
Subject:
Drug abuse
Subject:
Adultery
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Missing persons
Subject:
Nursing homes
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Edgar Adventures
Series Volume:
2003s-36
Publication Date:
April 15, 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
196
Dimensions:
9 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 196 pages Hawthorne Books - English 9780971691544 Reviews:
"Review" by , "It's impossible not to be charmed by the narrator of Poe Ballantine's comic and sparklingly intelligent God Clobbers Us All."
"Review" by , "God Clobbers Us All, by gum, I couldn't have said it better myself. He might've added, however, that this is only the beginning of our troubles. I almost split my tombstone laughing. This man Poe Ballantine can write the stockings off a schoolmarm."
"Review" by , "What do I think about Poe Ballantine? I try to not to think about Poe Ballantine. I'm not much for blurbs either. I put them right up there with creative writing workshops. Hell of a good looking cover, though. Now hand me that can of Schlitz and let me get back to work. All this talk about my death has got me in a funk."
"Review" by , "I understand Mr. Ballantine came to the Whaling Bar looking for me the other evening. I'm so pleased to see a man who can handle his similes. I imagine I'll meet him soon enough. You know, I never liked La Jolla society much either, although the oysters at the La Valencia were always very good."
"Review" by , "Bless my soul, if I had not been clobbered myself coming back from that hunting trip in El Centro with my new bride, I think I would've gotten around to a novel of similarly hilarious and desperate proportions. Alas, I was not much of a driver, and the Grand Old Man in the Tuxedo Above said to me: four novels is all you get. Bon voyage, Poe Ballantine, and the very best of luck to you."
"Synopsis" by , In a San Diego rest home in the 1970s, eighteen-year-old surfer-boy orderly, Edgar Donahoe, struggles along until the night he and his best friend become responsible for the disappearance of a fellow worker.
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