No Alternative by William Dickerson

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NO ALTERNATIVE is a coming-of-age drama that drills a hole into the world of suburban American teenagers in the early 90's. Thomas Harrison is determined to start his own alternative band, an obsession that blinds him to what's either the mental collapse, or the eruption of musical genius, of his little sister, Bridget. Bridget boldly rejects her brother's music, and the music of an entire generation of slackers, by taking on the persona of an X-rated gangsta' rapper named "Bri Da B." No Alternative probes the lives of rebellious kids who transition into adulthood via the distortion pedals of their lives in an era when the “Sex, Drugs & Rock’n’Roll” ethos was amended to include “Suicide” in its phrase.

About William Dickerson

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William Dickerson graduated from The College of The Holy Cross with a degree in English and received his Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from The American Film Institute. He is a writer/director whose work has been recognized by film festivals across the country and who recently completed his debut feature film, "Detour." "No Alternative" is his first novel. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Rachel, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Duet.
Published April 5, 2012 by Kettle of Letters Press. 341 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Still, the cool, casual tone results in some knockout diagnoses of the ’90s teenage condition: “[Y]ou feel older as a teenager than you will ever feel in your entire life.” A cool diagnostic tone helps capture the teenage experience but occasionally obstructs the emotional trip.

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Set in 1994, Dickerson's coming-of-age debut—which features healthy doses of alternative rock, angst, and family dysfunction—follows teen siblings Thomas and Bridget as they struggle to find themselves and their way in the world.

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