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Clearly Now, the Rain: A Memoir of Love and Other Trips by [Hastings, Eli]

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"In electric, adventurous prose, Eli Hastings' Clearly Now, the Rain tells the story of loving one wrecked soul, and the rich, dark wonder of the joys to be found along the way."  —Paul Lisicky, author, Famous Builder and Lawnboy

"Eli Hastings will make you fall in love—and then he will punch through your ribcage and rip your heart out—and by the end of his moving memoir, Clearly Now, the Rain, you will thank him for it."  —Benjamin Percy, author, Refresh, Refresh and The Wilding

"[Serala's] story is as biting and claustrophobic as Nicolas Cage's in Leaving Las Vegas, but it is drawn with great affection. Hastings became both her friend and her lover, and he is brutally honest in his assessments of her flaws and of their relationship. . . . As elemental, lyrical and cringe-inducing a love story as they come." —Kirkus Reviews (March 2013)

“Some relationships make us question whether we’ve loved enough, others whether we’ve loved too much. But Seattle author Eli Hastings grapples with an even more perplexing issue in his latest book: Did he love the right way? His new memoir, ‘Clearly Now, the Rain: A Memoir of Love and Other Trips,’ is a drug, romance and adventure-filled exploration of that gut-wrenching question, a story that is both thoroughly of its time (post-grunge Seattle) and timeless in theme.”—Tyrone Beason, The Seattle Times

"Hastings writes a graceful, unbiased portrait of someone whose self-destructive fate cannot be altered, and he does so with incredible power and sensitivity. Clearly Now, the Rain is a hypnotic, surreal, and lyrical testament to the capacities of friendship and the outer limits of love. By the time you reach the book’s end, the enigmatic Serala will be impossible to shake from your consciousness."— Margaux Fragoso, author of Tiger, Tiger

"Clearly Now, the Rain is an unflinching account of how it feels to be young and flirting with the abyss in America. The narrator’s observations as he and his friends ride rough across the U.S.A., all pulled to orbit around their friend, lover, and lost soul, Serala, are also an investigation into the dangerously different ways that people respond to addiction. This is an elegy, yes, as if told by a boy who began his quest tutored by Kerouac’s ghost, but became, on this hard road, a man schooled in love by the spirit of the Dalai Lama."— Rachel Rose, author of Giving My Body to Science

About the Author

Eli Hastings is a writer and a family therapy intern. He is the author of "Falling Room." He lives in Seattle.

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  • File Size: 573 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1770410775
  • Publisher: ECW Press (May 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,318,770 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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