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Stephen Graham Jones: Stephen Graham Jones is the author of ten novels, three collections, and one novella. He is a full professor at The University of Colorado at Boulder, and in the low-residency program for University of California Riverside -- Palm Desert. Stephen is forty-one, and married with children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dzanc Books; First Edition edition (November 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938604172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938604171
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,257,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gordon T. Highland on January 2, 2014
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You thought your teen years were awkward, imagine working the window of your family’s drive-thru urinal business. This novel is about as high-concept as Jones gets, and he covers it from every conceivable angle, damn-near well enough to submit a business plan. It’s a unique framing device for exploring otherwise-typical teen angst: chercher la femme and getting out from under your ambitious, near-beer-guzzling father’s thumb. Most of Jones’s books I recommend reading quickly, given their density and complexity, but Flushboy, though simpler in many ways, I had to take in trickles (by which I don’t mean 20 seconds at a time, standing, using my free hand), because over extended periods, its pervasive urine vapors can begin clouding your lungs. Painfully funny stuff, and the narrative adolescent voice is spot-on.
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I never imagined there was an author out there who could make urine yield to a hundred and eighty page fictional narrative, but Stephen Graham Jones is the author who answered Nature's Call!!! When I say this novel is about pee, I mean every page is saturated with some form of urinary description, i.e. sheen, yellow, tide, golden, coalesce. I was so immersed in the quirky situations that arose from the 16 year old protagonist, his long suffering girlfriend Prudence, recidivist Uncle Roy and pee obsessed father/curator of Drive Through University that I... You're really going to make me say it, aren't you? I sat in my own pee in order to read this one! Would have been nice to have a Flushboy (TM) on hand while reading! Stephen Graham Jones was audacious to write a novel with such a golden message. Outsiders may have said it first: "Stay gold", but Flushboy dives in and LIVES it, then sprays you in the face with it! Jones isn't the author we deserved, but he's the one we needed!
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This book is a carnival of deadpan, but oddly engaging, teen angst, buoyed up by a risky but ultimately successful premise.

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.
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This book is gleefully funny, gross in all the right ways. The amount of inventiveness on display is staggering, considering the entire novel is one big pee joke. To sustain the concept for as long as Stephen does, with as much emotional resonance—that takes skill. Highbrow meets lowbrow. I wouldn't be surprised if this is the novel that inspires a generation of kids raised on Farrelly Brothers movies to get serious about writing.
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