AND IN PRINT AND E-BOOK FROM RARE BIRD BOOKS!
Announcing a tragicomic tale of deep life—Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas meets Leave It to Beaver in the state of Indiana…
BUY THE TICKET, TAKE THE RIDE
By BRIAN SWEANY
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On Sale in Trade Paperback April 12, 2016, Rare Bird Books
ISBN-13: 978-1-942600-38-1 | 608pp | Trim Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
US Price: $20.00/CDN Price: $25.50 | BISAC Category: FICTION
BISAC Sub Category: Literary | Shelving Category: Fiction/Literature
“If anybody ever shuts you in Indiana…and you don’t at least write some unconstrained something or other, I give up hope for your salvation.”
—Ezra Pound, in a letter to William Carlos Williams
“I was goofing around like everybody else in Indiana, and all of a sudden stuff came gushing out. It was disgust with civilization.”
Hank Fitzpatrick’s life is what you might expect from a manchild stumbling his way from his teens to his thirties in small town Indiana: hypersexual, drunk, stoned, prone to fits of spontaneous masturbation, occasionally Catholic, and accidentally well-intentioned. Caught in the crossfire of raging hormones, bad decisions and family tragedy, Hank is just a boy not yet ready to be a man. His father casts an impossibly perfect shadow over his life. His mother is a gimlet-drinking, pill-popping flake. His best friend stares down adversity with a half-gallon of bourbon and a bottle of cough syrup. His girlfriend is destined to either break his heart or save his life. And his doting godfather lingers in the shadows as Hank’s greatest teacher.
BUY THE TICKET, TAKE THE RIDE is a roman à clef rooted in Brian Sweany’s own tragicomic life, from his childhood growing up in central and southern Indiana to his early adult years working in New York publishing. It is a literary mishmash of Chuck Palahniuk nihilism, John O’Brien self-destruction, and Martin Amis humor. And if that’s not your thing, you can at least stay for the cameos by Johnny Depp, Woody Harrelson, and Kool and the Gang.