Synopses & Reviews
Written in a voice that is warmhearted and hauntingly original, is the story of Clay, a small-town boy whose future is all mapped out. It travels as far as an isolated New Mexico commune under threat from a national revolution, with Clay battling to find his place in the new America -- and hoping desperately to forget what happened back East with the girl he loved. Bisson, whose prose brings to life this wild tale in the vein of Philip Roth's , has written a transcendent commentary on America's civil liberties and the perils of growing up, then and now.
"An unsettling, funny, freaky reimagining of America, impeccably written, by one of our most consistently interesting transgressors of literary boundaries." --Michael Chabon
"The story has a thrumming momentum, a sense of slangy sass and jive, light-hearted yet soulful." --The Washington Post
"This is the best fiction about what's called the Sixties ever written. If you were there then, this is where you were." --John Crowley
This tour de force, road movie of a novel is a poignant excursion into the last days of the Beats and the radicalized culture of the 1960s, from Kentucky to New York City and beyond.
About the Author
Terry Bisson is a Hugo and Nebula award writer. He has published seven novels and his short fiction has appeared in Playboy and Harper's magazine, among others. He previously worked as an auto mechanic and as a magazine and book editor. Bisson lives in Oakland, California.