Boarded Windows

Boarded Windows

Boarded Windows Do yourself a favor and read this smart tender book The characters will haunt you with their longing and inspire you with their sweet caustic wit Dylan Hicks knows his music and his prose is a song

  • Title: Boarded Windows
  • Author: Dylan Hicks
  • ISBN: 9781566892971
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback
  • Do yourself a favor and read this smart, tender book The characters will haunt you with their longing and inspire you with their sweet, caustic wit Dylan Hicks knows his music and his prose is a song in itself Sam Lipsyte A continually hilarious, hopes dashed account of an indelible American character the con man Greil MarcusWade Salem is a charismatic aesthete, d Do yourself a favor and read this smart, tender book The characters will haunt you with their longing and inspire you with their sweet, caustic wit Dylan Hicks knows his music and his prose is a song in itself Sam Lipsyte A continually hilarious, hopes dashed account of an indelible American character the con man Greil MarcusWade Salem is a charismatic aesthete, drug dealer, and journeyman country musician He s also a complicated father figure to this novel s narrator, whose cloudy childhood becomes both clearer and confusing through Wade s stories, jokes, and lectures Through the eyes of a keenly observant, underemployed record collector, Wade emerges as a sly, disruptive force, at once seductive and maddening.Shifting between flashbacks from the seventies and nineties, Boarded Windows is a postmodern orphan story that explores the fallibility of memory and the weight of our social and cultural inheritance Stylistically layered and searchingly lonesome, Dylan Hicks debut novel captures the music and mood of the fading embers of America s boomer counterculture.Dylan Hicks is a songwriter, musician, and writer His work has appeared in The Village Voice, The New York Times, Star Tribune, City Pages, and Rain Taxi, and he has released three CDs under his own name A fourth, Sings Bolling Greene, is a soundtrack to this novel and will be released in May 2012 He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife Nina Hale and his son Jackson This is his first novel.

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    Reviewed for the Brooklyn Rail:Boarded Windows, by Dylan Hicks, Coffee House Press, May 2012 Michael MakowskiHere Comes a Regular Nabokov once said that to call a story true was an insult to both truth and art. He was discussing the genesis of literature beginning with the boy who cried wolf, i.e. the difference between the wolf in the tall grass and the wolf in the tall tale, and that between the two is the art of literature. In the words of this late Cornell professor, “every great writer is [...]

    The author writes a melancholy love story of a man in search of family. The story starts with the unnamed narrator introducing Wade Salem, a charasmatic, drug dealing musician, who was once involved with the narrator's mother. As a boy, the narrator liked to think of Wade as kind of a stepfather. He disappeared after living with the boy and his mother for about a year and a half when the narrator was seven or eight. He resurfaces, in need of a place to crash, on the cusp of the narrator's 21st b [...]

    What determines your identity -- your passions, where you live, your job, who you're having sex with, or is it always where and from whom you came from? The main character in Boarded Windows is trying to figure it out, and it's fascinating to be a spectator in this process. From the minute we meet Wade Salem, the narrator's de facto stepfather who's all of a sudden back in this kid's life, we get a sense that the answers to the narrator's questions about his tumultuous upbringing - what was his [...]

    Much of the sentence-by-sentence writing here is great and reveals a dry wit. However, the novel is utterly lacking in plot. Were I not a former record store employee, a current musician, the same age as the narrator, and had my mom not also lived with a drug dealer during my childhood, I'm not sure what I would have gotten out of this slice-of-life account of what happens when a recent college grad's mom's ex-boyfriend crashes on his and his girlfriend's couch for a few months. The crashee, Wad [...]

    Wade Salem is a drifty, drug-dealing, storytelling, sometime musician. He’s fascinating, if you can experience him from a distance. He’s not the man you’d want as your father-figure, which is the case for the unnamed narrator in Dylan Hicks’ novel Boarded Windows.Our poor unnamed narrator is slogging through life. He’s got a job as an assistant manager at a near-by corporate music chain. He’s got a live-in girlfriend, Wanda, he seems to dig. Things ain’t too shabby. They ain’t so [...]

    I really loved this novel so much. Dylan had written some great prose throughout the book. He jetts you in the time and place of when this novel had taken place, the 90’s. I really loved the soul searching story of a man trying to find his identity. I guess I could relate to the author story, not his specific journey but on how all kids (now adults) with broken families deal with learning about your past so you can move forward. The other reason why I enjoyed this book it’s set in Minneapoli [...]

    I wanted to love this book, but I was frustrated by it. The writing is clever and interesting, but I found the characters didn't change or develop much over the course of the story. The character names were all similar and that made it confusing at times (Martha, Marleen,Maryanne, Maggie, Wanda, Wade, Rowan). Dylan Hicks is clearly talented and I'll give his next book a try if he writes another, but this one just wasn't for me.

    I wish I could say I loved this book. I love music and I live in Minneapolis, but there was too much here that was unfamiliar. Dylan Hicks, while talented, didn't give me a reason to care about his characters I didn't. You might be thoroughly captured by this story, but I wasn't. I gave up on this book. I wish had an "abandoned" button.

    the kind of ironic humor that I find a little grating. book felt unfocused at times. But he has a good grasp of language

    My affection for this quirky novel with its very self-conscious narrator really increased the more I read. I was sorry to see it go by the end. Give it a try!

    A Book Club book by a local author and musician. Autobiographical perhaps? Not really my cup of tea.

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