Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m.
*Serendipitously, these launch dates coincide with Springsteen’s Birthday week!*
Rich Ferguson’s story eclipses the hero’s journey and gives us instead a real boy’s passage into actual, fumbling adulthood, all set to a red hot soundtrack that includes The Clash, Black Sabbath, Nazareth, REM, and of course, The Boss himself. Come soak up a glorious earful with another Joisey boy-turned-visionary and enjoy his hardscrabble coming-of-age fictional ballad, on Thursday, September 15th, star-studded readings from the novel, featuring Rob Roberge, CLS Ferguson, Patrick O’Neil, Brad Listi, Antonia Crane & Seth Fischer, with a signing to follow. Note: Jersey-themed snacks and bevs shall be on offer.
If you want to read a searing account of a hero’s reckoning with a devastating childhood and subsequent redemptive wrenching from a hellish American hamlet, this is not your book. This is no Bastard Out of Carolina, it’s more like Accident Awash in Blackwater – the narrator’s hometown near the New Jersey shore. If Huck Finn had to exchange the Mississippi for a nuclear facility’s run-off creek and his BFF Tom Sawyer was a sexually ambiguous basement-dwelling Italian kid with a passion for bongs, Tolkien and Stevie Nicks what adventures would they have? Poet and musician Rich Ferguson delivers the answers and then some with downhome wit, plainspoken insight and a goofy, revelatory lyricism rendered into true poetry by its earthbound origins in the “Armpit of America” in his brilliantly buoyant debut novel.
“An incredibly powerful debut. Ferguson creates a world unlike any you have ever read. This is raw, powerfully moving, darkly funny, and original. The full throttle prose is lapidary in its precision, and unique in its execution. A stunning novel.” —Rob Roberge, author of Liar: A Memoir