Punk Minneapolisby Peter Joseph Swanson
At a pizza place in uptown Minneapolis, scenesters and a psychic try very hard to find the next cool party and a pure state of punk living in the summating year of 1989. Their overripe imaginations (and beer) bring out bizarre fatal accidents, memories of once being devil possessed, and a vengeful ghost of a hippie who had overdosed.
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Peter Joseph Swanson is an expert at telling story and creating place through dialog. His characters become real almost as soon as they open their mouths, and they open their mouths a lot. They talk about the world, politics, drugs, imagination, drink, drugs, clothes, music, drink, drugs. They cook pizza. They sell pizza. They fasten the rips in their garments with safety pins that are so out of style. Oh, and they swear, because they're real, and real almost-grown-ups in uptown Minneapolis at the end of the 80s talked like that. I believe it, because it's so convincingly and powerfully told. There are some truly classic conversations in this book. Can the F-word be used in a home-grown movie to be shown on cable TV? Is it, indeed, a catch-all safety word that avoids offending people, or a hugely taboo offensive word that sends old ladies into fits? Or can it be both? Do cultures clash? Of course they do. But this novel invites the reader into a culture that really isn't trying to clash with anything, just to find its roots and exist. There's symbolism too-Peter Joseph Swanson is a master of modern symbolism. Drug-hazed images appear and reappear. Events are told through the eyes of truly unreliable narrators, and they ebb and flow into patterns and logical conclusions. Quick judgments about these characters would be more flawed than the characters themselves. Superficial on the surface, they all have intriguing depths, curious pasts perhaps or futures, dreams and very human desires. Best of all, the author weaves them into a story that has its own path through the waning year of the decade. A long-awaited party forms a focus for even-longer-hidden mysteries. The images paint themselves from corners to center, fill the page, and the movie is done. Then a quiet epilogue frames the whole tale with pitch-perfect narration. Disclosure: I received a signed copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review-at last I have a signed copy of one his books!