The Slow Constellations Wheeled On

The Slow Constellations Wheeled On

by David Wayne Hampton
     
 

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Randall is an ambitious boy trying to survive in a college town. He is also secretly a teenage runaway. His parents' failing marriage and a growing impatience to escape his small town prompts him to start a new life for himself. Precariously playing the part of a 21-year-old, while balancing school and his job in pizza delivery, is a bigger challenge than he thought,… See more details below

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Randall is an ambitious boy trying to survive in a college town. He is also secretly a teenage runaway. His parents' failing marriage and a growing impatience to escape his small town prompts him to start a new life for himself. Precariously playing the part of a 21-year-old, while balancing school and his job in pizza delivery, is a bigger challenge than he thought, especially with the temptations of college life at every turn. He wants to make it on his own, yet battles the despair and loneliness of living a lie that both repels him from and pulls him back to his troubles at home. His grandfather is an inspiration and voice of reason, but thoughts of his mother wrack his dreams and his conscience with guilt. It is the hardships he continually faces that may prove to be too much, though, ultimately challenging his beliefs in his own salvation, battering him emotionally and spiritually, bringing him to the edge of the abyss.

Editorial Reviews

hillbillylandinthesky.blogspot.com - Fred Chappell
"The Slow Constellations Wheeled On belies its title .... a swift, fun read, deadly accurate in its details of youth, badassery, amorous confusions, and pizza delivery. On almost every page I found something about which I could say, "Oh Lord, I remember that!" I laughed and went red-faced reading this novel, laughing and embarrassed at myself all the way .... Constellations seethes with life - like a shook-up can of Budweiser." -- Fred Chappell, former NC Poet Laureate and author of Shadow Box
hillbillylandinthesky.blogspot.com - J.W. Williamson
"From this coming-of-age novel, set in Boone, North Carolina, and southwest Virginia, spins a stellar story of country-fried innocence striving to be worldly, and marks the debut of an authentic new voice -- our own Silas House. We expect great things from him in the years to come!" – J.W. Williamson, founding editor of Appalachian Journal and author of Hillbillyland
hillbillylandinthesky.blogspot.com - Jim Minick
"Like his main character can deliver pizza, David Wayne Hampton can deliver a novel. The Slow Constellations Wheeled On is full of wit and terror, tomato sauce and pepperoni -- an emotional roller coaster for the palate. Eat it by the slice, but eat it all. It’s worth the extra tip.” -- Jim Minick, author of The Blueberry Years

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982997321
Publisher:
Maul & Froe Press
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

David Wayne Hampton grew up in the mountains of Carroll County, Virginia, where much of his family still resides. He lived in Boone, North Carolina, for eight years and attended Appalachian State University, while working the gamut of various jobs from dishwasher to pizza delivery to editorial assistant of the Appalachian Journal. He graduated from ASU in 1998. Since then he has taught high school English and currently lives in the foothills of Morganton, North Carolina, with his wife and two children. His first book, a collection of poetry entitled What Makes It Taste Better, was published in 2010.

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