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The sheer energy and passion and intensity, the linguistic virtuosity of Eric Miles Williamson's latest novel, WELCOME TO OAKLAND, will leave readers breathless. The vigor and uncensored redneck honesty of T-Bird Murphy's blue-collar voice will at turns delight, offend, amuse and enrage readers as T-Bird gives us what we're not supposed to hear: the groans, gritos and war-whoops of men when they're not behaving like gentlemen, when they're out of sight and earshot, when they're wrapped around their drinks at Dick's Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge or your local workingman's watering hole. In WELCOME TO OAKLAND, the T-Bird Murphy of Williamson's internationally acclaimed novel, East Bay Grease, is now a man. He's been divorced twice, and he finds himself hiding out in a garage in rural Missouri for a reason we're never told, confused and stunned, shell-shocked by the hand life has dealt him. He opens his story, "I'm always happiest when I live in a dump, and I've lived in some serious shitholes," but it's difficult to believe him. What unfolds is the story of a workingman who tries his hardest to escape the hell of the Oakland ghetto, who finds honor in squalor, kinship among the broken divorcees of Dick's Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, dignity and beauty at the garbage dumps where he sleeps in the cab of the scow he drives for a living.
|Publisher:||Raw Dog Screaming Press|
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About the Author
Eric Miles Williamson’s first novel, East Bay Grease, was a PEN Hemingway finalist and listed by both the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times as one of the best books of 1999. His second novel, Two-Up, was listed by the Kansas City Star and the San Jose Mercury News as one of the Best Books of Fiction published in 2006. The Atlantic Monthly said his 2007 book of criticism, Oakland, Jack London, and Me, is “one of the least politically correct texts of our time.” He is an editor of American Book Review, Boulevard, and The Texas Review. Winner of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, after many years as a laborer Williamson went to college and now works at the University of Texas, Pan American. He lives with his wife, Judy, and their sons, Guthrie and Turner.