Anything Goes

Anything Goes

Book - 2002
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Random House, Inc.
The only taste of life Jesse has known in his twenty years is bitter: his mother disappeared before he could talk, his father never got over being left, and Jesse’s presence seems only to kindle his father’s anger. Jesse’s talent is for music, which has given him a livelihood and a home as a bass player in a bar band called Anything Goes. Band life offers the opportunity for the dregs of experience (hangovers, mildewed hotel rooms), and the antics of his band mates (all of them older than he is; some of them wiser, some not) offer more schooling in hard knocks.

Anything Goes tells Jesse’s story over the course of a year, during which he finds his life slowly being tempered by the unexpected: by a dad who wants to make up and be part of Jesse’s life; by a female lead singer who suddenly makes the band sound a lot better than they have any right to be; and by the confidence Jesse begins to feel in his own musical talent.

A complete departure from the sweeping historical vision of Madison Smartt Bell’s Haitian novels and the gritty cynicism of his intense urban dramas,Anything Goes confirms Bell as one of the most versatile, most gifted, most surprising novelists of his generation.

Baker & Taylor
Music and his ability to play the guitar allow twenty-year-old Jesse to escape from his dysfunctional family life by forming a band, called Anything Goes, that embark on a year-long tour across the South, building confidence in his abilities and coming to terms with where is from and where he is going. By the author of All Souls' Rising. 25,000 first printing.

& Taylor

Twenty-year-old Jesse escapes from his dysfunctional family life by forming a band that embarks on a year-long tour across the South, which enables him to come to terms with where he is from and where he is going.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375421259
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 22 cm


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