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By Brian Pera
Earl, a twentysomething Southern kid,
is adrift in life. After his fathers death, his mother who
can no longer deal with him sends him to live with his grandmother
in Memphis. His grandmother, getting senile and paranoid, turns him out
on the streets of Memphis and from there his path leads him to New York
City. In New York, Earl works as a hustler, then as a kept boy, but ultimately
fails at both. Addicted and lost, he ends up on a train back to Omaha,
where his mother keeps her door closed against him. With nowhere else
to go, Earl ends up walking the grounds of a local carnival, where he
meets Red, an enigmatic twentysomething man to whom Earl tries to attach
himself, only to have Red slip away. Now the obsession with Red is the
only thing driving him, and Earl takes off to find this man whom he barely
As the narrative moves backward and forwards
in time, Troublemaker slowly reveals the truth about Earl, his past, his
family, and his driving obsession with Red. Moving, compelling, and darkly
funny, Troublemaker is about dislocation, obsession, and the search for
affection. Peras debut is a tour de force of voice and structure,
marking the emergence of a major young writer.
lives in Memphis. Troublemaker is his first novel.
Visit Brian Pera's Web site at www.LowBlueFlame.com.
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