- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Regan Books; 1st edition (March 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060198621
- ISBN-13: 978-0060198626
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,133,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Still Can't See Nothin' Comin': A Novel Hardcover – March 6, 2001
From Publishers Weekly
Fifteen-year-old Jim Drake thinks hyperbolically, rather than logically: a ceiling isn't just high, it is "like a mile off the floor"; a car doesn't just speed up, it goes "about a million miles per hour." Marshall was 15 years old himself when he began writing this brutal coming-of-age novel, set in the early 1990s in Madison, Wis. Now 23, he turns out a powerful if solipsistic tale of dysfunction. Jim and his older sister, Mandy, put up a united front against their father's drunken abuse and their mother's denial; younger brother Billy is the only child left unscathed. Jim would like to protect his sister, but depresses her by starting down the path of violence and alcohol himself. The central cataclysm in both Jim's life and the Drake household comes when Mandy is hit by a train. In the aftermath of her death, Jim's father begins to torture him nightly. Desperate, Jim escapes the household, camping out with his friends, Philly and Jeremy. The latter, who's Mandy's former boyfriend, has grown twisted inside since Mandy's death; Jim's binge drinking, meanwhile, drives away his own girlfriend, Leslie. With his friends, Jim slides from the mild delinquency of shoplifting to more serious crimes, like robbing a drug dealer, then a store. The emotional climax of the story is reached when Jim discovers Mandy's diary, which reveals the extent of their father's sexual abuse of his daughter. Like Jim Carroll's The Basketball Diaries, Miller's first novel speaks with the futile but feverish lyricism of adolescence, its scenes set against a backdrop of suburban repression. Northeast regional author appearances.
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"Don't ever try living hollow," says the narrator of this grim first novel about a teenager's coming-of-age within the horrors of familial abuse and alcoholism. Opening with Jim Drake's homecoming after six months on the run, the story stretches back through the previous months, recounting with raw, insightful precision the seemingly impossible violence that the teen faces at home and the escapism that he finds in booze and drugs. Jim loves his sister, Mandy, and his first girlfriend, but when Mandy commits suicide, he leaves home and lurches further into alcohol-soaked desperation, which escalates when he uncovers further terrifying truths about his father and ends when he finally turns himself in for armed robbery. The novel initially was written when the author was 17, and the language is young, unpolished, bulky, and often self-conscious. But Jim tells his story--the outer circumstances and his inner logic and emotions--with painful detail and surprising insight that make the events immediately real. A heartbreaking portrayal of adolescence. Gillian Engberg
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The book is funny though, too. It is also heartwarming. I'm not lying - there are parts when I definitely went "aww" and smiled a bit. This book is great for EVERYONE.
I love Daniel Grey Marshall. I am very anxiously awaiting his second novel.
i recomend that you read this book every few years every time i do i relate new friends to the character.