Broken Piano for President

Broken Piano for President

by Patrick Wensink
     
 

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The greatest political allegory since Animal Farm, written by the most fantastic-smelling author of our time.

Ever drank too much and forgot what happened? Don't be embarrassed. Deshler Dean faces this problem every day of his life.

Dean is far more brilliant and productive when he's blackout drunk. In the last few months alone, he has

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The greatest political allegory since Animal Farm, written by the most fantastic-smelling author of our time.

Ever drank too much and forgot what happened? Don't be embarrassed. Deshler Dean faces this problem every day of his life.

Dean is far more brilliant and productive when he's blackout drunk. In the last few months alone, he has invented a hamburger more addictive than crystal meth, scored a six-figure record contract for his terrible art rock band, and started dating a woman he doesn't even recognize. Worse yet, he has become entangled in the biggest war since the Allies took on Germany.

When rival fast food chains duke it out for control over Dean's burger-inventing genius, Dean and his band mates plunge into the absurd world of corporate paranoia and greed. As the violence of the burger wars spills out onto the streets, it's up to them to win over the hearts (and stomachs) of the American people and save the country from the equivalent of a deep-fried nuclear warhead.

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Publishers Weekly
Friends of Deshler Dean, the antihero of Wensink's psychedelic trip of a novel (after Black Hole Blues), call him "the Cliff Drinker" because after two drinks "he falls off a boozy edge and forgets everything." Unbeknownst to Deshler, he's spent his recent blackouts conspiring with rival fast food chains to create the deep-fried Monte Cristo Burger for Bust-A-Gut Hamburgers and the condensed, dehydrated Space Burger for Winters Old-Tyme Hamburgers. When he's not drunkenly fueling the burger wars, Deshler sings in the band Lothario Speedwagon whose "Shows usually end early when the singer throws things, which include, but are not limited to" chairs, punches, and Zip-Loc bags of ketchup. The executives of both burger chains fight for Deshler's creative talent despite his drunken antics and utter lack of professionalism. The fast food cold war heats up as spies and assassins—including Deshler's own bandmate, Henry—work to undermine their rivals, and a Winters publicity stunt to send Space Burgers to starving Russian cosmonauts goes terribly wrong. With double agents warring for domination of the burger market and a mysterious health food organization rallying against Big Beef, reading Wensink's convoluted and unpolished story requires a veritable suspension bridge of disbelief. However, instead of being absorbed into what Deshler's publisher calls "bizarro fiction," the effect is more like waking up with a terrible hangover or trying to recall a bad dream. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781621050520
Publisher:
Eraserhead Press
Publication date:
09/16/2012
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)

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