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Joe Cottonwood was born in 1947, bent his first nail in 1952, and wrote his first story in 1956. He's been a writer and a carpenter ever since.
on Oct. 30, 2012 :
How can a young man be on the road and underground at the same time? Hint - the title of this book is a clue.
I suspect that this novel is more or less a reassembled version of Cottonwood's early life, perhaps without some of the more violent episodes, but it's true-to-life (you can't make up some of this stuff), timeless, and eminently readable. The character portraits of the women alone are worth the price of the book - especially Erica, whom I've met oh-so-many times with oh-so-many faces, not all freckled.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 26, 2010 :
For me this is like a blast from the past. I'd lost my much-abused copy from 30 years ago. So glad to see it "in print" once again. It's irreverent, funny, sometimes icky, and deeply humane.
(reviewed the day of purchase)