by Brendan Gillen


by Brendan Gillen


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"Reverberates with the drumbeat of why we make art." Will Musgrove, author of Asphalt Dreaming

For Paul, stealing is easy. When he's hungry, he strolls into a bodega and steals lunch. When rent's due, he steals records and flips them for cash. As a lonely kid growing up in Ohio's Rust Belt, stealing was the only way he could score the hip hop records and production equipment that fueled his musical dreams.

Now he's in NYC fighting to keep his once-ascendant band alive and his life from falling apart. His bank account is flatlining. The love of his life has broken his heart. Bunky, his bandmate, is ditching him for Eloise, a soulful vagabond with an intoxicating voice. When financial trouble forces his parents from their lifelong home, Paul ramps up his stealing to save his family from collapse. And in a fever of creativity, he begins to steal from the voices in his life to make the music he's sure will save his soul.

Set against the modern music industry, where a single social post can change your destiny, STATIC is alive to the weight of familial expectations, the pursuit of our deepest hopes and dreams, and the struggle to make meaningful connections in the anxiety of the digital age.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783988320735
Publisher: Vine Leaves Press
Publication date: 07/09/2024
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 41,122
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Brendan Gillen is an Emmy-winning writer living in Brooklyn. His fiction has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and his debut chapbook, I've Given This a Lot of Thought, was published in 2022. As a partner and writer/director at Boomshot, Brendan has developed content for ESPN, FanDuel, Condé Nast, Fox Sports, BBC, the U.S. Open, Resy, Anheuser-Busch and others. His work has received attention in the New York Times, Mashable, the Washington Post, USA Today's "For the Win,", the Huffington Post and, among others. He earned a Sports Emmy for his work on the campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on ESPN. Visit:
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