XL

XL

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by Michael Atchison
     
 

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When David Hankins goes to college in the mid-1980s he puts aside his boyhood rock and roll dreams to pursue a career in advertising, at least until he meets Carrie, who persuades him to form a band that he calls XL. After XL's bass player flunks out of school, David recruits Carrie's aimless but talented brother Rick to join the band. But just when XL is on the verge

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When David Hankins goes to college in the mid-1980s he puts aside his boyhood rock and roll dreams to pursue a career in advertising, at least until he meets Carrie, who persuades him to form a band that he calls XL. After XL's bass player flunks out of school, David recruits Carrie's aimless but talented brother Rick to join the band. But just when XL is on the verge of something big, Rick stages a mutiny, forces David out, and goes on to rock stardom. After David marries Carrie, Rick's success serves as an ever-present reminder of the dream that didn't come true. With help from a charismatic (and enormous) soul singer, a wise elderly lawyer, and a Beatles-obsessed friend with personal damage of his own, David strives to find peace in the shadow of the brother-in-law whose success haunts him.

Part prolonged existential crisis, part rock and roll fantasy, and similar in tone to Nick Hornby's work, XL is a wry and funny male confessional that ultimately reads like a love letter from a man to his wife and kids.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016072593
Publisher:
Michael Atchison
Publication date:
01/03/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
244
File size:
644 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Atchison’s writing about collegiate sports and popular culture has appeared in several publications, including Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and The Providence Phoenix, and in his book True Sons: A Century of Missouri Tigers Basketball. He lives in Parkville, Missouri with his wife Sherri and their children, Grace and Evan.

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XL 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KellySeymour More than 1 year ago
In the writing spirit of the rock and roll referencing Nick Hornby and man fantasy/humble reality tension of Johnathan Tropper, Michael Atchison has created a novel most 40 somethings will relate to. Although I am certain I did not catch them all, Atchison's work is peppered with enough musical references to satisfy both the novice and the most extreme of music obsessives asking questions like: "Beatles or Stones?" and alluding to the nostalgic power music has to vortex us back to the past simply by talking about "The Year of the Cat." Simultaneously, Atchison pays a quiet homage the beauty of married life and children through the simplicity of "baseball and ballerinas." A thoroughly enjoyable read with a writing style simple enough to read quickly but rich enough to leave you feeling full and satisfied.