By Dan Kennedy
While Matthew, a forty-something media government, unearths his task, well-being, and marriage crumbling, he is going local: Lives in his vehicle. Dips his toe in drug-running. Contemplates tune lyrics. Takes a very solid pottery type. sooner than lengthy he’s on a stumbling, agonizingly humorous imaginative and prescient quest that takes him from a strip-mall parking zone to Yellowstone nationwide Park to a Bali scientific health facility, from an not likely romance with a Hollywood agent focusing on scorching younger vampire roles to severe RVing with a disgraced Wall road trader.
In this heroic and hilarious debut novel, Dan Kennedy supplies us an everyman who takes us to the neon-lit edges of latest American existence.
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Look, I'm going to go find you some clean clothes. The bathroom's in there, and there's breakfast on the tray. ” He swung around and stalked across the room to a big, heavy wooden door. She sat there, stunned, while he opened the door. He vanished, but he didn't close the door behind him. He left it open, and she heard his footsteps going down the hall. It was that single thing—the open door—that suddenly convinced her he was telling the absolute truth. If they wanted to keep her captive, he would have locked the door, wouldn't he?
The room was small, and the curious dead quality to the air told her she was in the same place he'd brought her to last night. Wood paneling, a bed, two chairs, a small table, and a rug—no plants, no bookcases, not even a painting on the walls. Gas . It was a gas fireplace. The place was like a tomb. "It feels funny in here,” she said huskily, and took the coffee cup with trembling hands. Her bruised arm twinged. "That's the dampers and the shielding. ” He hadn't shaved, but he was wearing a fresh T-shirt and a pair of dark jeans.
Rowan took a deep breath and tried to square her own shoulders. She was barefoot, her arm hurt, and even though she had probably slept for hours she was still exhausted. She lagged behind him until he looked back over his shoulder and stopped. “Sorry,” he said. ” She caught up with him and paused to catch her breath. " "It takes a while to get used to,” he said. “When I got to my first Society clean house, I couldn't grasp the freedom bit. I thought I had to ask permission to do anything. ” she asked.