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