"It wasn't the pounding headache or the all-too-familiar taste of blood in my mouth that woke me that morning, but the stink of cat piss. They all have cats. Cats and bad tattoos and mops of dyed black hair that reek of cigarettes and watermelon Bubblicious."
This debut novel by veteran Seattle musician Danny Bland follows a pair of outsiders who find themselves locked in the palpable, dizzy grunge-rock scene of early '90s in Seattle.
Vulnerable to the high-relief of heroin addiction, Bland's characters - Charlie Hyatt and Carrie Finch - are unapologetic protagonists whose epiphanies are as blinding as their weaknesses. Finch - 21, beautiful, and dangerous - drowns out the voices in her head and the consequences of a misled life with electric guitars, booze, and petulant misbehavior. Her single abiding faith takes the form of an unlikely savior - '60s psychedelic musician Roky Erikson. At the ripe old age of 28, Hyatt attempts to make sense of the cards he has been dealt: a miserable job in a porn shop, a drug habit he cannot afford, and the wildly unstable woman he had chosen to love.
Two damaged people can balance a seesaw for a long time, even finding the illusion of safety; but when one gets off unannounced, the other will fall. As Finch finds sobriety, her sanity and her relationship with Hyatt falter until an inevitable event brings the two back together a decade later.
Additional narrators include Wayne Kramer, Eddie Spaghetti, Rob Delaney, Lou Beach, Jacob Pitts, Blag Dahlia, Tony Fitzpatrick, Mark Boone Jr., Lee Ving, Tom Hansen, John Sinclair, Dana Gould, Rachel Flotard, and Danny Bland.
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By jaclyn on 21-01-15
Kept forgetting this was fictional.
This is extteamly detailed with all those tiny little details that you would only notice if you lived this way. Made me laugh hard and out loud while in public. Also made me weap. The different narrators was a bit off putting as some were awful and monotone.some extreamly fast and bord sounding. One sounded out of breath and foreign to the character. Some i liked immensely. The voice thats is first on the 2nd chapter was great so was Damien echoles. His voice is perfect for bringing you into a book. Slow, melodic,slight delta drawl is just relaxing.i listened to this book in its entirety in one sitting. Well done.
The overdose chapter took me through a spectrum of emotions that only a story that hits extreamly close to home can. Also when you hear "aint no sunshine when she's gone" tears just flow. Brilliant!
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By Dorian Van Cleve on 14-06-17
Fantastically dark, probably not many people's idea of light summer reading/listening but great. Gritty and unapologetic a nice balance
the over proliferation of super heroes and heroines. Can't wait to read/listen to more of Bland's stuff. Enjoy