Boarded Windows by Dylan Hicks

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"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 Marcus

Wade 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 more 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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Dylan Hicks is a songwriter, musician, and writer. His work has appeared in the Village Voice, New York Times, Star Tribune, City Pages, and Rain Taxi, and he has released three albums under his own name. A fourth, Sings Bolling Greene, is a companion album to this novel and will be released in May 2012. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Nina Hale, and his son, Jackson. This is his first novel.
 
Published April 1, 2013 by Coffee House Press. 255 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Hicks delivers a postmodern novel likely to appeal to a segment of sophisticated 21st-century readers.

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Publishers Weekly

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In his protagonist, musician-writer Hicks presents Wade, a slacker wading through life with little concern for consequences—or people. In Minneapolis, he shows up on the doorstep of the unnamed narrat

Mar 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Boarded Windows

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One of several excellent new releases from Coffee House Press in Minneapolis, available for order online and at your favorite new bookstores in Denver, Dylan Hicks’s “Boarded Windows” is a “’memory novel’ about origins and originhood”.

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Examiner

Like the way there is a whole chapter explaining how his mother described her walks, so that he could describe his walk in a way that then made sense to everyone.

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New York Journal of Books

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“For a narrow niche of readers, Boarded Windows could be that once-in-a-generation revelatory depiction of an under-explored subculture—in this case, the Northern Plains slacker-intellectual. For the rest of us, it is an undisciplined debut novel, but one that showcases great skills and intellige...

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Star Tribune

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Hicks' narrator is a smart guy who finds himself enthralled by a fast-talking DJ in what is ultimately a sad story shot through with music.

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