Wordsmiths Books presents McSweeney's at Wordsmiths, with John Brandon. Wordsmiths Books marketing director Russ Marshalek fell in love with John Brandons hallucinogenic, compelling, and half-cocked hipster thriller, Arkansas, when Brandon read from it at Criminal Records earlier this year, and now, thanks to McSweeney's and our literary partners, the Georgia Center for the Book, were bringing him to you!
John Brandon, a first-time novelist, has, with Arkansas, published a biting first novel full of wet T-shirt contests, illicit drugs, and cross-country road trips. There are the days: the dappled grounds, the aimless yardwork, the hours in the booth giving directions to families in SUVs. And then there are the nights: crisscrossing the South with illicit goods, the shifty deals in dingy trailers, the vague orders from a boss they've never met. Before Kyle and Swin can recognize how close to paradise they are in this neglected state park in southern Arkansas, the lazy peace is shattered with a shot. Night blends into day. Dead bodies. Crooked superiors. Suspicious associates. It's on-the-job training, with no time for slow learning, bad judgment, or foul luck.
The gorgeous, gold-foiled cover sees the mastermind artistan publisher McSweeney's topping themselves once again, and Brandons writing is gripping and top-notch. Dont miss the first McSweeney's event at Wordsmiths Books, co-sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book. And, if thats not enough, two words: FREE DRINKS!
Added by Wordsmiths Books on March 21, 2008