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In a tough portrayal of adolescent survival and life on the edge, a young man growing up in 1960s and 1970s Oakland finds solace in music when he moves into a very tough neighborhood with his near-crazy father. A first novel. 15,000 first printing. Tour.
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"A foster son of old Jack London--in every best sense--Eric Williamson gives us not only the sorrow and the pity of a tough Oakland life, but--stand back--a lyrical reminder that white trumpet players are people too." --Barry Hannah, author of Geronimo Rex and Bats Out of Hell
"What an enriching book East Bay Grease is, absorbing the reader in a fascinating drama of violence and hope, pathos and grace. Eric Miles Williamson combines a sharp contemporary sensibility with solid storytelling virtues, but more than that, he returns to American fiction an understanding of class and social structure, and their effects on character--a tender yet unsentimental view of the underdog reminiscent of the best of Stephen Crane, Jack London, and John Steinbeck." --Tracy Daugherty, author of What Falls Away and The Woman in the Oil Field
"This passionate story about a numbing, if not brutalizing, blue-collar upbringing reminds me of Richard Price's first novel, and signifies to me the arrival of a new and explosive writer tapped into the raw nerve of underdog America." --Ronald Sukenick, author of Down and In: Life in the Underground and UpAbout the Author:
Eric Miles Williamson grew up in Oakland, California. He has worked as a gunite man, demolitionist, and professional jazz trumpeter. His fiction has been published in The Southern Review, Iowa Review, Chelsea, and elsewhere, and he has been awarded an NEA grant for fiction. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
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Book Description Picador USA, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1st Picador USA ed. Seller Inventory # DADAX0312198612
Book Description Picador USA, 1999. Condition: Brand New. New. Seller Inventory # DH29pg1606to1905-22115
Book Description Condition: New. In Eric Miles Williamson's debut novel, T-Bird Murphy seeks to gain a foothold in the turbulent and menacing world of '60s and '70s Oakland. While his mother runs with Hell's Angels bikers, T-Bird falls beneath the men's fists and favors, finds solace and hope in the slightest of rewards and day by day, seeks to survive. But through the daily process of survival, T-Bird slowly begins to gather clues about who he is, where he's from, and how, if at all possible, he might escape. Seller Inventory # 9780312198619
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # M-0312198612