Johnny Malice is coming home. Halfway through the punk rocker's U.S. tour, he gets word that his New York City detective dad has died. Johnny is forced to return nearly 20 years after rebelling against his Catholic conservative Queens family. Now, siblings who last saw each other as youths must come to terms with what it means to be adults - who last spoke to each other with their fists. Johnny must survive a full-on family reunion, a father's funeral and the faucet drip of memories that reveal the complicated and very personal reasons the star left the city. CLAMOR is part Prodigal Son and part indie concept album, forged from Johnny Malice's mosaic of sexual deviance, emotional codependency and distorted rock and roll.
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Award winning author Gerry LaFemina has published thirteen books of poetry and fiction; former lead singer of several hardcore, punk and ska bands; and director of the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing. A literary arts activist, he divides his time between Maryland and New York.Review:
Gerry LaFemina's tightly wound Clamor merges seemingly unbridgeable distances: between Queens and the East Village, between the punk rock stage and the living room, between children and fathers. LaFemina's Johnny Malice is an aging punk seeking redemption, a boy-man navigating the latitudes of loneliness, family, nihilism, and love. Intensely told, Clamor finds the bedlam heart in anarchy. --Joe Bonomo, author of Sweat: the Story of the Fleshtones
Writing about music and musicians is notoriously difficult to pull off, and that seems to go double for punk rock, but well-drawn characters make it work in this engaging, unexpectedly moving story of estranged brothers. LaFemina manage to depict a complex family dynamic with impressive economy and a lot of heart. --Frank Portman, author of King Dork, front man of The Mr. T Experience
Gerry LaFemina's CLAMOR delivers a riveting and unforgettable mashup of punk rock, Catholicism and an emotionally messy family. --Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Wonder Bread Summer
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Book Description Codorus Press, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0983978387