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Maverick Jetpants in The City of Quality

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". . . Bill Peters belongs in the ranks of serious literary artists."—New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice

"By turns funny and moving, this debut richly captures life in a decaying American city."—Publishers Weekly

"There were times, while reading Maverick Jetpants, I thought: This isn’t a book. It’s a panic attack. In a good way. In the way where everything about it is frantic and urgent."—Necessary ...

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Overview


". . . Bill Peters belongs in the ranks of serious literary artists."—New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice

"By turns funny and moving, this debut richly captures life in a decaying American city."—Publishers Weekly

"There were times, while reading Maverick Jetpants, I thought: This isn’t a book. It’s a panic attack. In a good way. In the way where everything about it is frantic and urgent."—Necessary Fiction

"A complex and inventive debut, innovative with language and delightfully unique."—Largehearted Boy

"Peters has done something just this side of insane with this book; he's created a character that speaks in a voice everyone will recognize, even while half the words he says allude to things none of us were part of."—Bookslut

"Peters proves himself adept at wordplay through the wildly inventive language of the characters."—The Coffin Factory

"One of the most inventive novels published this year."—The Los Angeles Review

"Maverick Jetpants in the City of Quality is Peters’ energetic novelistic response to . . . the universal passage from adolescence to adulthood, the impermanence of friendship and familiar landscapes. . . Readers looking for a story about the slippery transition from silliness to sincerity will find in Maverick Jetpants a style to savor and get lost in."—HTML Giant

"Maverick Jetpants in the City of Quality announces the arrival of a powerful and innovative young voice in American fiction."—Literate Man

"They aren’t necessarily found in a prime spot in every writer’s toolbox, but fictional private languages can be evocatively effective when used well. Bill Peters’s novel Maverick Jetpants in the City of Quality is one example of this."—Vol. 1 Brooklyn

"With all the elements of the best coming-of-age novels, Maverick Jetpants offers a voice and a story that could connect with someone of just about any age, as long as they have the appreciation for nimble, far out, and witty repartee."—ForeWord Reviews

"Full of madcap energy, swagger, and brinksmanship."—Fiona Maazel, author of Last, Last Chance

"Do you want laughter, suffering, and friendship, Rochester-style? Do you want to marinate in raucous sadness? I know you do. So be ready, everybody. Here comes the Vomit Cruiser to rescue your sense of humor, and Bill Peters to rescue your heart."—Sam Lipsyte, author of Homeland and Venus Drive

Rochester, New York, 1999: An arsonist is loose on the streets of a city in decline. Gone are the days of Rioting in the Vomit Cruiser, searching for a possible Tokyo Rocking Horse. In this hilarious, wildly original debut novel, Nathan Gray and best friend Necro live by the code of Joke Royalty, a system of in-jokes known only to a select few. But as the reality of full-time employment, possible spouses, and Neo-Nazis encroaches, their friendship unravels, threatening their dreams of becoming Kodak Park Winjas.

Among the gravest Hellstacheries: Necro’s strangely vicious drawings and his sudden interest in a group of weapons enthusiasts who may or may not be responsible for the fires erupting through downtown. With no Holy Grail Points left to his name, Nate ventures into Rochester’s strangest corners to find out if his best friend is a domestic terrorist Pinning Bow Ties on the Dead or simply Maverick Jetpantsing on with his life—perhaps even beyond The City of Quality.

Bill Peters grew up in Rochester, New York, and has received fiction fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the University of Massachusetts. He works as a copy editor for the New York Times News Service, the wire service for the New York Times, and lives in Gainesville, Florida. This is his first novel.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
…[Peters's] eye for detail is remarkable and he's got a knack for the vivid figure of speech…Writing like this hoists Maverick Jetpants in the City of Quality above the level of most first novels and confirms—along with the ending's faint echo of that greatest of coming-of-age narratives, Huckleberry Finn—that Bill Peters belongs in the ranks of serious literary artists.
—Roger Boylan
Publishers Weekly
After graduating from high school on the eve of the millennium, childhood pals Nate and Necro lead a small band of friends through angst-ridden late-night crawls in decaying Rochester, N.Y., where Peters grew up. This proves to be a particularly dangerous occupation, as someone is blowing up local buildings in what is being called in some papers a "race-war amalgamation." The group's routine is cut short when, while exploring a derelict building, an explosion injures one of their own. Soon, a pattern emerges in the blazes, and someone in the group is implicated, threatening to blow the tight group of friends apart. Domestic terrorism, absent fathers, and real estate all play a part in the twists and turns leading to the truth about the fires. This story could have been disjointed, but Peters' prose is powerful enough to bring the reader along. A rich slang employed by the friends is a central feature of the novel. Such phrases as "Colonel Hellstache," "pinning bowties on the dead," and "fires gone wild Runaway Cockdrama" become a private language signaling the group's alienation from the Rochester community. They are the smart, weird, wounded boys of countless small towns. By turns funny and moving, this debut richly captures life in a decaying American city. (Oct.)
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". . . Bill Peters belongs in the ranks of serious literary artists."—New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice

"By turns funny and moving, this debut richly captures life in a decaying American city."—Publishers Weekly

"Maverick Jetpants in the City of Quality is Peters’ energetic novelistic response to . . . the universal passage from adolescence to adulthood, the impermanence of friendship and familiar landscapes. . . Readers looking for a story about the slippery transition from silliness to sincerity will find in Maverick Jetpants a style to savor and get lost in."—HTML Giant

"There were times, while reading Maverick Jetpants, I thought: This isn’t a book. It’s a panic attack. In a good way. In the way where everything about it is frantic and urgent."—Necessary Fiction

"A complex and inventive debut, innovative with language and delightfully unique."—Largehearted Boy

"Peters has done something just this side of insane with this book; he's created a character that speaks in a voice everyone will recognize, even while half the words he says allude to things none of us were part of."—Bookslut

"Peters proves himself adept at wordplay through the wildly inventive language of the characters."—The Coffin Factory

"One of the most inventive novels published this year."—The Los Angeles Review of Books

"Maverick Jetpants in the City of Quality announces the arrival of a powerful and innovative young voice in American fiction."—Literate Man

"They aren’t necessarily found in a prime spot in every writer’s toolbox, but fictional private languages can be evocatively effective when used well. Bill Peters’s novel Maverick Jetpants in the City of Quality is one example of this."—Vol. 1 Brooklyn

"With all the elements of the best coming-of-age novels, Maverick Jetpants offers a voice and a story that could connect with someone of just about any age, as long as they have the appreciation for nimble, far out, and witty repartee."—ForeWord Reviews

"Full of madcap energy, swagger, and brinksmanship."—Fiona Maazel, author of Last, Last Chance

"Do you want laughter, suffering, and friendship, Rochester-style? Do you want to marinate in raucous sadness? I know you do. So be ready, everybody. Here comes the Vomit Cruiser to rescue your sense of humor, and Bill Peters to rescue your heart."—Sam Lipsyte, author of Homeland and Venus Drive

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936787029
  • Publisher: Black Balloon Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,422,882
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Originally from Rochester, Bill Peters has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for his fiction. As an editor and journalist, he co-produced four arts and entertainment publications for the Springfield Republican daily newspaper and is now an editor for The New York Times News Service. He lives in Gainesville, Florida. This is his first book.
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