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The Slide: A Novel Paperback – January 27, 2009
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The book is funny, it's biting and satirical and pointed, yet it never loses its heart. Kyle Beachy manages to be earnest and honest and deeply sad when writing about home and family and finally, really growing up.
The Slide is a story of failed and failing relationships--between husband and wife, father and son, between friends, between lovers. Beachy's protagonist, Potter Mays, is a recent college grad caught in a moment of upheaval. Preoccupied by his dissolving love for his globe-trotting girlfriend, haunted by a dead brother he never really knew, uncertain of how to move on after college, Potter drifts purposelessly through the Missouri summertime making every mistake possible. His character is at once relatable, despicable, pathetic, and honest.
Potter's struggle is a familiar one, but twisted and exaggerated to the point of tragicomedy.
The Slide is impossible to put down--I loved it!
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazon owes this book more credit than to convice curious readers that it should be bought in tandem with Eat, Play, F***. Read morePublished on December 11, 2009 by Frascombe Bank
I'm 22 years old and about to graduate college. This book initially caught my eye because of the similarities in age of the main character and myself. Read morePublished on April 4, 2009 by mrzebu
The Slide is a terrific debut novel. A middle American coming-of-age story with a dark sense of humor, not unlike The Graduate for the 21st century. Read morePublished on March 5, 2009 by Tyler V. Mcmahon
Beachy's debut novel is the thing of dreams. It is at once lovely and dark, hilarious and very sad. beachy shows great potential and I eagerly await his next generous offering to... Read morePublished on February 25, 2009 by Danny Hatch