East Bay Grease

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.58 hours)
Product Number: Z13997
Released: Mar 16, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781501988189
Narrator/s: Johnny Heller
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Eric Miles Williamson has collected glowing critical praise for this novel, which Newsday hailed as "exceptional" and "a remarkable literary debut." East Bay Grease is an authentic look at surviving an impoverished and neglected childhood by whatever means necessary. In late 1960s Oakland, young T-Bird Murphy's life is more miserable and frightening than most kids can imagine. His mother spends her time with the local Hell's Angels, drenched in alcohol and drugs. His father is a volatile ex-con. Struggling in a community plagued by gang violence and racial feuding, T-Bird picks up a trumpet and finds solace in the soulful wailing of jazz music. This powerful novel pulls no punches, offering a rare glimpse into a world typically ignored. Narrator Johnny Heller beautifully captures the transformation of T-Bird from a scared kid into a confident, trumpet-blowing young man.

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Professional reviews

"In a gritty coming-of-age novel set in the Bay Area, the narrating offspring of a jailbird and biker chick overcomes his background through music. As portrayed by Johnny Heller, the young hero has a great deal of Huck Finn in him. That Heller, primarily a stand-up comic, affects a twang amplifies the similarity. His awkwardness and lack of technique appropriately, albeit inadvertently, contribute a charming ingenuousness that disguises some of his and the book's flaws. Nonetheless, though the background seems genuine enough, the main character and his transformation are, unlike Huck, unbelievable, and Heller hasn't the chops to convince. Y.R. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"

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