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It’s the year 2008 in America, the banks have tanked our economy, OJ Simpson goes to jail for theft after being acquitted for murder, the governor of New York is forced out of office for a sex scandal after promoting himself as a corruption buster, and all this follows quick on the heals of 9/11, the Iraq War, the implosion of a space shuttle, and mass shootings popping up like Whac-A-Mole. To gen Y the digital world provides solace. What happens when a teenager turns his back on the internet, runs away from a planned life offered by home and school, steals a car and heads down the road? Marvin Herkimer will tell you. He’s your narrator. He calls his story “a sad song in a major key, what country songs do all the time. Tonal brighteners added to heartache.” This is a story of a brief life that will end in suicide but that, if anything, seems life-affirming. It’s an adventure update to Holden Caulfield, a tragic comedy and a multi-layered dissection of what has shaped generation Y.

About the Author:

L. E. Smith lives and writes in a mountain village in Vermont.