Built on musical notation and modeled after hip-hop beats, an innovative first novel set on the New Jersey shore among neon-lit arcades, riot-haunted blocks, and dilapidated boatyards
Sound is the story of a young man who drops out of graduate school and returns to his hometown on the New Jersey shore, only to find that home is not what he remembers it to be. Brainy, music-obsessed, and adrift, Cincy spends his days managing the crew of a local boatyard, his nights roaming the shore's bars and boardwalks. His fleeting encounters with a woman called Vera, whose path he crosses but whose love he can never seem to earn, soon develop into an obsession. As he pursues Vera through a tangle of wild parties and packed clubs, Cincy is trailed at every step by the police, who have their own mysterious plans for him and his coworkers at the yard.
Loud with the sounds of thumping cars, riot-haunted blocks, and amusement parks, this first novel from T. M. Wolf takes the reader into uncharted territory. Sound braves an entirely new way to tell a poignant story about being young and searching for love and for home.
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Wolf widens this modernist niche with gusto and the result is a novel that can truly be described as pitch perfect.Read Full Review of Sound
But the combination of its gimmicky, glib surface, its wince-worthy romantic ruminations, and headachey design make it more likely to collect dust than get multiple spins.Read Full Review of Sound
Arguably, any real 'beat' in Sound is drowned-out by the yet louder drone of its author's over-thinking.Read Full Review of Sound
Wolf has invited us to learn with Cincy... We’re happy to come along for a while.Read Full Review of Sound
Helpful as it is to graphically emphasize certain details — the volume of sounds, different fonts for different speakers — it can be intrusive and diverting.Read Full Review of Sound
For all that Wolf does to modify and play with the form in order to tell his story, he also has his storytelling basics down, making for a fine balance of innovation and tradition.Read Full Review of Sound
Once the cover is open and Wolf’s newfangled approach is discovered, the pulpy pages will accelerate and fly by like a flipbook.Read Full Review of Sound
...he certainly has succeeded in rendering these metaphors through modeling dialogue, stream of consciousness, musical lyrics, and “distractions” on a kind of musical staff...Read Full Review of Sound
The writing is bold and in-your-face and works with Music and Sound being the backdrop.Read Full Review of Sound
Sound is an unpretentious, entertaining novel told in a refreshingly imaginative way.Read Full Review of Sound
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