"It's really a very simple story. What happened was this: I met this girl and did a very stupid thing. I fell in love. Hard. I know that to some people that makes me an idiot and a loser. What can I say? They're right. I did some extremely foolish things; I'm the first to say it. And they've left me in jail and alone."
So begins one of the most compelling, emotionally charged, and affecting novels you are likely to read this year.
Just because you get out of prison doesn't mean you are free.
September 2nd marked the second anniversary of the publication of my novel WHAT IT WAS LIKE by The Story Plant ... so it's the perfect time to announce the publication – also by The Story Plant -- of my new novel WHEN I GOT OUT in late 2017.
WHEN I GOT OUT tells the story of what happens when the ill-fated teenager in WHAT IT WAS LIKE, convicted of a passion-driven murder, gets out of prison after forty years. In some ways it is the conclusion of WHAT IT WAS LIKE and completes the "bi-ology." But it is also completely new ride. Will this "stranger in a strange land" be able to rebuild his life, redeem himself in a world he hardly recognizes?
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everyday THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ... Svetlana Alexievich ... the new New Yorker and the new New York Review of Books
Deezer! ...Howard Stern and Thom Hartmann always... lots of COSI, lots of KEITH JARRETT ... ... too much Pandora (but I made a new Children's Indiestation) ... and tons of Van the Man ... and Ryan Adams and Emmylou Harris and Bill Evans!
MSNBC and Fox and CNN ... Rick Steves' Europe and SEINFELD(comfort watching) ... Turner Classic Movies... and the struggles of the Dodgers