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Burnt Roof of Mouth Paperback – June 26, 2007

4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Wasteland Press (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600471110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600471117
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,996,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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McCutcheon was born in Wisconsin and was first published by the Daily Cardinal while he attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He soon moved to Paris, France where he worked in a wine store while attending The American University of Paris. He currently lives in New York City with his wife and son.

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A famous sociologist, whose name escapes me, wrote that our role in life can be defined as the sum of other people's expectations.
Our protagonist in this outing from McCutcheon carries few expectations and expects little in return . Within this framework he has to develop his own morality and wins us over by proving to be 'honest in his own eyes', and, ultimately ours. He achieves this despite defrauding his Employer, driving while using illegal substances and rampant promiscuity - to name a few!
He moves on the fringes of big City life drawn in by ennui but without the wherewithal to gain unlimited access. The descriptions of his environment, its inhabitants, their aspirations, or lack thereof, are handled with great skill by the writer.
McCutcheon has a voice and something to say. I look forward to hearing more .
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Burnt Roof of Mouth is a great first novel by an extremely accessible writer. When I first saw McCutcheon's short story collection, Sex Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll Never Goes Out of Style, I wasn't sure whether I (as a 32-year-old female) was the audience for his writing. I soon found within both the short stories and the novel, such heart in his characters and stories that I was quite moved. Both books make for a great read, and I found that I related to the ideas woven throughout, even when I couldn't relate to the situations. I have already read this novel over again, and I can't wait for McCutcheon's next!
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Very readable in the "genre" of the "beat generation" greats. Mccutcheon's protagonist is very likeable in spite of, or perhaps because of, his fixation on alcohol, drugs, sex and his proclivity to being beat up. Be the first kid on your block to read this exciting newcomer.
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The new bohemia starts here. This is Kerouac for my generation. Pour yourself a glass of whiskey, crank up Ryan Adams' "Heartbreaker", open the cover and enter McCutcheon's world. You won't want to leave it.
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