Cloudbreak, California: a memoir

Cloudbreak, California: a memoir

by Kelly Daniels

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Overview

One day during his ninth-grade Speech class Kelly Daniels' outlaw, soul-surfer father appears at school unannounced and pulls the boy from class. Speeding down the freeway, Daniels' father admits that he has been involved in a crime, but he does not remember how it happened. He’d been up for days on cocaine and booze, he explains, and the next thing he knew he woke up in jail with a bad feeling. It was almost a relief when the guard told him he’d killed his cousin Barkley, a drug kingpin of sorts. “I’m sorry to lay this on you,” he tells the stunned boy, “but I’m not going to be around to watch your back. Barkley has a son your age…and this kid might come after you someday. You’re going to have to learn to look after yourself.” A few days later, the father skips bail and flees the country. “Forget about him,” everybody says. But the boy doesn’t forget. Someday, he believes, they’ll find each other, the fugitive father and the dreamy son, and together they’ll surf perfect, far-away waves. The reality, he learns when his father is captured a decade later, is less glamorous.

Hard-hitting and off-beat, Cloudbreak, California is a coming-of-age story, a father and son drama, a cautionary tale, and a travel adventure. At its core, Daniels has created an admirable reflection on the power of imagination to transform us into who we are meant to be.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016783116
Publisher: Owl Canyon Press
Publication date: 04/28/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 230
File size: 664 KB

About the Author

Kelly Daniels grew up on the road, living for stints with his parents in a Hawaiian commune, a waterless, powerless cabin in the desert, and in an old step-van outfitted with bunks. As an adult, he set off on his own, traveling extensively through Europe, Mexico and Central America. Along the way, he picked up odd jobs when he could find them, jobs such as production manager of a furniture factory (Guatemala), newspaper reporter (Mexico), and bartender (all over).

His short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Cimarron Review, Third Coast, Sonora Review, South Dakota Review, Santa Clara Review, GSU Review, Orange Coast Review, Eyeshot and other journals. Among other awards, he recently won first prize in Creative Nonfiction at the San Miguel Writers’ Conference. He lives with his wife and young son in Rock Island, Illinois, where he teaches creative writing at Augustana College.

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Cloudbreak, California 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I grew up with Kelly for a in highschool. He can use his story to justify his douchey actions - but in reality he left a trail of people behind him as he used up everyone he knew. Did he mention his rich grandparents that gave him anything he wanted? Not someone I'd look up to really, but hey - people change, I hope he did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want a great adventure without really catching malaria, playing hours of ping pong or suffering not a few hangovers, read this book! Very good read, felt like I was there.