Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

Pepperland starred on Booklist!

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

This just in – Pepperland featured as a starred review on the May 15, 2013 Booklist! “Wightman’s first novel is a riotous, occasionally electrifying celebration of love and music, capturing the turmoil of its times with a touch of otherworldliness that seems right in sync with rock ’n’ roll.” Pepperland is on its way to […]

These Modern Times…

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Umbrella By Will Self 397 pages Bloomsbury Not for the faint of heart. Umbrella is challenging reading, sometimes bewildering, but frequently beautiful. And that’s why a determined reader keeps on going. A Modernist throwback, Umbrella makes it new. It’s like Will Self has pulled his old James Joyce jersey out of the closet, tried it […]

Miami vice…

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Back to Blood By Tom Wolfe Little, Brown (This review was originally published in The Washington Independent Review of Books on January 28, 2013) I dreamed I was in Tom Wolfe’s outlandishly superficial, depressing new novel, Back to Blood. (Note: the following two paragraphs contain material that may not be, er, suitable for all readers. […]

T C Boyle would like a (very) quiet word with you

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

San Miguel By T. C. Boyle Viking, 384 pages (This review was originally published by the Washington Independent Review of Books on November 16, 2012.) Thomas Coraghessan Boyle, speaking of his novel Greasy Lake, about three hipster college kids, told The Paris Review that, “the world, far from being your oyster, is a dangerous place […]

Pepperland coming Spring 2013…

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

News flash!  Pepperland – the novel – will be published in the spring of 2013 by Running Meter Press, an imprint of Big Earth Publishing of Boulder, CO!  Paperback and ebook. Let’s rock. Think the Ramones meet Jane Fonda meets Bill Gates. What? Pepperland is a noir love letter to the magic of music, the […]