Saturday, 19 May 2012

The Car Thief - Book Alert

We all have our favorite genre when reading and you all may know mine is Urban Fantasy, with a healthy dose of zombies on the side ;-)

In all honesty I love books in all kinds of genres, but with so many books out there and not enough time to read them all you just have to get selective and yes: that usually means that I stick to Urban Fantasy, SciFi, Post-apocalyptic tales and stuff like that.

But once in a while I come across a book that's outside of my normal reading pattern, but that sounds too interesting to let it slip.

The Car Thief is one of these books and that's why I want to mention it here. I also put it in my ever growing to-be-read pile and hope to get to it soon.

The Car Thief
by Theodore Weesner

It’s 1959. Sixteen year-old Alex Housman has just stolen his fourteenth car and frankly doesn’t know why. His divorced, working class father grinds out the night shift at the local Chevy Plant in Detroit, looking forward to the flask in his glove compartment, and the open bottles of booze in his Flint, Michigan home. Abandoned and alone, father and son struggle to express a deep love for each other, even as Alex fills his day juggling cheap thrills and a crushing depression. And then there’s Irene Shaeffer, the pretty girl in school whose admiration Alex needs like a drug in order to get by.

Broke and fighting to survive, Alex and his father face the realities of estrangement, incarceration, and even violence as their lives unfold toward the climactic episode that a New York Times reviewer called “one of the most profoundly powerful in American fiction.”

About Theodore Weesner

Theodore Weesner, born in Flint, Michigan, is aptly described as a “Writers’ Writer” by the larger literary community. His short works have been published in the New Yorker, Esquire, Saturday Evening Post, Atlantic Monthly and Best American Short Stories. His novels, including The True Detective, Winning the City and Harbor Light, have been published to great critical acclaim in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper’s, The Boston Globe, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, Boston Magazine and The Los Angeles Times to name a few.

Weesner is currently writing his memoir, two new novels, and an adaptation of his widely praised novel—retitled Winning the City Redux—also to be published by Astor + Blue Editions. He lives and works in Portsmouth, NH.

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