This Way Madness Lies

This Way Madness Lies

by Thomas William Simpson

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ISBN-13: 9781538027813
Publisher: NOOK Press
Publication date: 08/23/2017
Edition description: A new edition of a literary classic
Pages: 486
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

I come from a large, complex, and thoroughly dysfunctional family (though, of course, I find the phrase dysfunctional family entirely redundant). It makes perfect sense my first novel would use as its driving force the very subject I knew the most about. I am the youngest sibling in my family, a full four years younger than my next oldest brother. A mistake, no doubt, from those days when the Pill was in its infancy. But it meant in my formative years I had my mama all to myself, and a father who had by that time mellowed considerably. I often find it remarkable my oldest siblings and I are talking about the same person when we reminisce about Wild Bill Simpson. They conjure up a monster just returned from the war, tough and uncompromising. I recall a pretty easy going guy who coached my teams and took me on a lot of weekend adventures to Civil War battlefields and other historical sites. Unquestionably, from my low perch I had a unique perspective. For me it was mostly one of wonder and amusement, two qualities that have diminished but little. As a kid I loved to watch by siblings battle with one another and with our father. That was the 60s, the high water mark of the hippie era and the great generation gap. Nightly at our dinner table there were boisterous arguments about the Vietnam War, civil rights, women’s rights, rock and roll, drugs, sports, just about everything under the sun. It was some education, let me tell you, far more potent, and useful (at least for a budding author) than the mostly tedious and predictable one I received at our local public schools. Family. It’s where the whole crazy quilt of Life begins. I believe in taking a good, hard, honest look at your family, and particularly your individual place in that family. It’s where the truth lies. And often where the madness lies. King Lear, probably suffering from dementia, clearly on the brink of mental and emotional collapse, implores his daughters, “Do not go that way, for that way madness lies!” This Way Madness Lies is my first novel. I was a young, arrogant, ambitious guy when I wrote it. Full of the proverbial piss and vinegar. Teeming with self confidence. In awe of nothing but my own place in the world. The Winslows may not be every American family, but strip away their swagger and their armor and what remains is the blood and guts of the American Experience—if such a fairytale still exists.

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