Hustle by Jason Skipper

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In this powerful debut novel, an alcoholic ex-con man grandfather, his restless, philandering seafood salesman son, and his hopeful musician grandson struggle to make up for their past and somehow set course for the future. In the past, the grandfather has hustled for money; now he's hustling for redemption. The son has hustled for women; now he's hustling for love of a different sort. His son, Chris, is hustling to be a famous musician with enough money to solve his family's unsolvable problems. Chris's coming-of-age story explores the ways people struggle to fulfill their wants and desires-and what they are willing to sacrifice to feel free.
 

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Published May 25, 2011 by Press 53. 218 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Part coming-of-age story, part family drama, Skipper's highly episodic debut novel—set in 1980s Texas—offers a thin storyline, and proves tender to the point of blandness.

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“I only knew for sure,” he says, “that I was tired of other people deciding for me, who stays and who goes.” Continued on the next page Page 1 — Page 2 — Page 3

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Issues of divorce, alcoholism, drug use, cancer, and AIDS are also interwoven through Hustle, as resonant at times as the scenes of scams and of Chris and his father and grandfather selling shrimp on the side of the road, and as deep and affecting as the characterizations Skipper perceptively por...

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That’s when Wrendon gets alarmed enough to grab Chris and take an emergency “24-hour vacation.” Father and son hit the two-lane blacktop to retrieve a long-estranged Buddy, duct-taping him to a La-Z-Boy in the back of a van on the Texas rebound – giving Chris the chance to be regaled with anti-N...

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Always a fan of music, Chris lights up when Wrendon buys him an old acoustic guitar and teaches him notes, frets and scales.

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His son, Chris, is hustling to be a famous musician with enough money to solve his family's unsolvable problems.

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