Publication date: July 2010
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It's New Orleans in the early 1990s at the onset of the Grunge movement, a palpably different place from the post-Katrina city of today. James Buck is a young, self-taught musician, in exile from his devastatingly unsupportive parents, with an impossible dream to be a classical violinist. What he lacks in pedigree, though, he makes up for with a raw talent and an uncompromising determination. Saving his meager pay working at a poultry plant in rural Missouri, he dreams big and colorful about his upcoming life in the Big Easy. However, reality is well fashioned to break his heart. Opportunities are scarce, racism runs amuck, the culture is changing and it may not be to his benefit. The people he meets are vague shapes in a haze of drugs and sex and dysfunctional relationships, murmuring in a storm of impenetrable music, and the best last thing to rebel against is being normal. But James Buck has reason to believe he can succeed, even if inadequately prepared, and he holds to his dream, entirely convinced it's better do something great, briefly, than to do nothing in particular, indefinitely. Buck is a beautifully written novel about an uncompromising young musician at the end of the twentieth century, and the only thing it lacks is an accompanying soundtrack. "The freedom to ridicule another is as close to the heart of friendship as the desire not to." from the book Almost everything is addressed in this intimate account of the struggle of a self taught musician. The death of the family, adolescent sex, drug and alcohol addiction, the passive "Here We Are Now Entertain Us" meme eroding youth culture, poverty, race relations, More For Less consumer mores, God, love, self hate, and self help. A true Hardyesque, 'pull yourself up by your boot straps and march ahead' arrow in the heart of contemporary culture. This is literature so important it should be called non-fiction.