“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.