What a treat it is to get home and walk into books. Books just waiting there to be consumed. Though in this case, the books awaiting us - Participants by Andrew Keating and Bad Kids from Good Schools by Michael Wayne Hampton - are books we have already had the pleasure to blurb. Books from new authors, bringing their fresh voices to the table. Books that speak to what life looks like today. Where hope and happiness are in sight, somewhere, sort of, maybe, yet not quite attainable. Not now anyway, and maybe not so much at all. In other words, books that just might just change your life. Blurb? Word. Or if you prefer, words.
"A group of smart, self-assured and knowing stories, with touches of humor... portraits of characters who know where happiness lies, but seem to grasp it is somewhere just beyond their reach. An apt description of the world today, as I see it."
On Bad Kids from Good Schools:
"The kids are definitely not alright. They are wander and smoke. Sitting
on the side of empty pools, getting high, and never getting out. Not if
the Adderall doesn't wear off. Or they cannot climb out of bed. And
Michael Wayne Hampton knows these bad kids all too well, as he sings
their songs, and tells their tales, and achingly wrenches something
meaningful out of their already lost and drifting