Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012
Kirkus Reviews: "A roller-coaster ride through the sex- and thrills-addled brain of the young, modern, American man....Henry free-associates throughout his protagonist’s life, connecting the vivid description of a night of drinking to F. Scott Fitzgerald and a tale of lost virginity to Genghis Khan and the Minnesota Vikings....Brian’s psyche tells of a striking array of brain waves: Sexual freedom runs parallel to fear about diseases and pregnancy, and displays of wealth bump up against extreme economic hardship. The unvarnished portrait is studded with facts—historical, scientific, zoological and, for more than a few, dubious.... the narrative’s candid revelations make for a riveting read. An honest, funny and occasionally troubling look at socially bewildered masculinity in the 21st century.
This controversial, racy thrill ride follows the brutally honest misadventures of 28-year-old Brian Fry as he travels across America with his friends in pursuit of nasty sex, an infinite buzz and the nature of reality. Ruthlessly honest from the bachelor perspective, not for the faint of heart, but perfect for those looking for a fast-paced, intellectually challenging adventure that will change your perceptions of America, manhood and reality. Takes the best elements of sex-obsessed Tucker Max adventures but layers on a deeper dimension of rich literary, historical, and intellectual depth.
"Brian’s surreal accident was nothing compared to what would happen in the next few years ... The greatest threats Brian would face in the near future would instead be emotional, social, sexual, professional and romantic."
"Brian Fry’s journey would take him all across America, gathering insight on a dozen cities and the overall character of the U.S. ... He would meet, date and bed every imaginable kind of woman, and finally discover the secret to womanhood ... He would actually unlock the mystery of humanity, connect it to human history and anthropology in a logical framework ... He would have high-risk sex. He would discover a paralyzing yet energizing fact about himself, a revelation that would floor him at first but ultimately empower him, propelling him to greatness. He would drink too much. He would not solve the mystery of life, about why we are and why we have consciousness. He would fall in love, over and over again, but not maliciously. Lastly, he would join the march of man though he swore he wouldn’t."
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Published January 13, 2012
Literature & Fiction.