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Flushboy Paperback – November 19, 2013
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Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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Here's the setup. Dad's million dollar franchise inspiration is a drive-through urination operation that's actually called "The Bladder Hut". Think of a car wash, but as your car is pulled along you urinate in a certified sanitary container. Our hero's job is to hand out containers and upsell, (wet wipes, tissues, privacy curtain, etc.), at the front end and to collect containers and dispose of their contents at the other end. This gives him a lot of time to reflect on how lame his life is. Talk about living the metaphor.
So, does our author do anything with this beyond establish the premise? Yes. We touch on every possible teen issue, we are surrounded by antic, frantic and manic characters, and we hit every possible coming-of-age speed bump, all while never straying far from the cosy confines of the Bladder Hut.
In the course of a few days our hero contemplates his parents' divorce, (as insane entrepreneur Dad says, "How can she leave me now that we are on the verge of success?"). He deals with being the possessor of a desirable celebrity's urine. He navigates the winding down of a girlfriend situation. He deals with a co-worker who is obsessed with the cosmic meaning of urine. He washes his hands a lot.
Now, this could be coy or precious or twee or played for gross laughs, but it isn't. The hero/narrator could be working at a burger joint and still tell the same basic story.Read more ›
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Stephen Graham Jones shows yet another side of his writing abilities. This clever, quirky short novel is different from everything else I've read by him and does not... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lillie Thundercloud
Stephen Graham Jones is a powerful voice, and this story of teen angst has heart, emotion and layers of truth.Published on April 3, 2014 by Richard Thomas