San Francisco ExaminerPreston Nesbitt...confined to a Portland, Oregon mental hospital...has the ability to diagnose everybody's psychological condition but his own. ...told through Preston's journal entries, he hopes to convince his doctor and parents he is not delusional.This enchanting tale introduces one of the most complex, interesting, and amusing characters I've read in years...cocky, irritating, too clever, egotistical and rude, yet he touches your heart. This esoteric novel is a captivating delight, first page to last. Funny, thought-provoking, unnerving. Bravo.
Gary is at the height of his literary powers, producing a character and a story that feels viscerally authentic long after the reality-bending conclusion.
The story is brilliant, esoteric fiction. Sardonic, cultural reference-heavy humor and emotion-laden memories appear in equal measure.
Author Austin Gary's ability to create a complexly layered, cohesive story of a life makes this book a standout.
The generous foreshadowing notwithstanding, the epilogue will blow readers' minds and beg a second reading to revisit missed details.
I read with a measure of detachment. I knew I would recommend it, that my review would be favorable...then I read:
"I've responded intimately and intellectually to both sexes for as long as I can remember. I was born that way...not a choice. I have little concern for the packaging, only whether or not the person's intelligent, kind, caring and how we connect, energetically"...and my favorable review has turned into a "BRAVO!"
I was leery when I read a review calling the epilogue "mind-blowing." But it is.
About the Author
Austin Gary (born Gary Austin Heyde, March 7, 1947, St. Joseph, Missouri, United States) is an American novelist, songwriter and playwright. His novel, "Miss Madeira" published in August 2011, was a finalist in the 2009 Faulkner-Wisdom Literary Competition and a finalist (short list) in ForeWords First Debut Fiction competition. In 2008 his unpublished novel "Ask Me No Secrets" was a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Competition. "Genius," Gary's novel in progress, was a Finalist (Short List) in the 2010 Faulkner-Wisdom Literary Competition. His historical novel, "Genius," was also a finalist in the 2013 Pacific Northwest Writers Assoc. Literary Competition. His novels, "Miss Madeira" and "Genius" have both been adapted into plays. Gary is a BMI award-winning songwriter for "The Car" by Jeff Carson as Gary Heyde) and recordings by other country performers like Tammy Wynette and John Berry, and as Associate Producer of albums by Carson, Berry and Hank Williams, Jr.'s Hog Wild album. A storyteller, he has appeared on Seattle Public radio station KUOW with personal stories about Thornton Wilder and the Martin Luther King assassination and A Guide To Visitors --The Best Of Stories On Stage. He is also a teacher, intuitive numerologist and a former advertising creative director, radio/television jingle composer, and newspaper editor. He is the father of award-winning stage director Rachel Rockwell -- named 2012 Chicagoan of the Year in Theatre and Jeremy Spencer, drummer for heavy metal band, Five Finger Death Punch -- named 2012 Golden God's "Best Drummer" by Revolver Magazine. Gary now lives in Calgary, Alberta.