High School kids in Salmon Falls are much the same as high school kids anywhere else: bored. In the far reaches of Ira County, Vermont, in the dead of winter, it seems there's nothing to do. But when eighteen-year-old Kyle Nelson and a handful of friends decide to challenge the status quo with an act of civil disobedience, they discover that there's more to do than they ever bargained for.
Garret Keizer's gripping novel about young men and women desperate for change bears witness to the dangerous force of ideas and the searing power of friendship. Here is a novel that looks truth squarely in the eye, and dares to keep on looking.
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GARRET KEIZER is the author of eight critically acclaimed books, including No Place But Here, Getting Schooled, and The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want. A former teacher and current contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine, he lives with his wife, Kathy Keizer, in northeastern Vermont.From AudioFile:
When an author records his own work, the result can sometimes be underwhelming. Indeed, the first few minutes of GOD OF BEER, written and read by Garret Keizer, uphold that notion. The delivery starts off as flat and awkward, yet it works. Keizer becomes his adolescent character, Kyle, a high school senior whose civil disobedience experiment to raise awareness of underage drinking in Vermont indirectly leads to the tragic, albeit predictable, death of his longtime love. Kyle gives testimony to how he learned the hard lesson that "life ain't fair," but he tells teens not to ever give up, a message worth hearing. M.M.O. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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