"If anybody ever shuts you in Indiana...and you don't at least write some unconstrained something or other, I give up hope for your salvation." - Ezra Pound, in a letter to William Carlos Williams. "I was goofing around like everybody else in Indiana, and all of a sudden stuff came gushing out. It was disgust with civilization." - Kurt Vonnegut
Hank Fitzpatrick's life is what you might expect from a manchild stumbling his way from his teens to his thirties in small town Indiana: hypersexual, drunk, stoned, prone to fits of spontaneous masturbation, occasionally Catholic, and accidentally well-intentioned. Caught in the crossfire of raging hormones, bad decisions and family tragedy, Hank is just a boy not yet ready to be a man. Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride is a roman à clef rooted in Brian Sweany's own tragicomic life, from his childhood growing up in southern Indiana to his early adult years working in New York publishing. And if that's not your thing, you can at least stay for the 80s music, or else the cameos by Johnny Depp, Woody Harrelson, and Kool and the Gang.
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