Set in the 1970s in Texas, this darkly comic and stunningly mature literary debut tells the story of a car thief and his brother who set out to recover some stolen money and inadvertently kidnap a Mennonite girl who has her own reasons for being on the run.
The story is told partly through Troy's journal, in which he chronicles his encounters with con artists, down-and-outers, and roadside philosophers, people looking for fast money, human connection, or a home long since vanished. The journal details a breakdown that has left Troy unable to function in conventional society; he is reduced to haunting motels, stealing from men roughly his size, living with their possessions in order to have none of his own and all but disappearing into their identities.
With a page-turning plot, gorgeously written scenes about the soul of the American West, this novel packs a powerful punch of dark humor, pathos, and suspense.
Randy Kennedy was born in San Antonio, Texas to a telephone lineman and as a teachers' aide. He was educated at the University of Texas at Austin, moved to New York City and worked for twenty-five years as a staff member and writer for The New York Times. A collection of his city columns, Subwayland, was published in 2004. He is the director of special projects for an international art gallery and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their two children.
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