We posted bail, climbed into a 1976 Gremlin with the top sawed off, bought some fake IDs, and turned onto the first curve of a two-week bender through the motels, roadside bars, and convenience stores between Dickson, Tennessee and Monroeville, Alabama.That is the first time, either in mimetic or speculative fiction, that I've read a wide-release fiction novel that referenced my hometown. Although today I live in little more than an outer suburb/exurb of Nashville, I still find it quite cool whenever my quaint little hometown is mentioned anywhere. It's an added bonus when it's part of a very good (and relevant to today's economic climate) novel. I'd love to know how Slattery came to choose my hometown (among the many other towns he mentions in this novel) to use as a reference.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I was reading Brian Francis Slattery's new book, Liberation, earlier today (finished it in one sitting; excellent, shall review in the next few weeks) when I read this passage on p. 17: