Marshall Messer Change at Jamaica

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Change at Jamaica

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Grab a pack of KOOLs, rev up the Camara, and tune in "Stairway to Heaven" --you're day-tripping back to 1973. That's the summer Eddie Sacks, having flunked out of college, is driving a cab and trying to figure out exactly who and what he wants to be. The only place he finds common ground with his Nixon-loving, cigar-puffing dad (a.k.a. the Captain) is at Belmont Park, where Secretariat makes his historic bid for the Triple Crown. Into the mix throw the Captain's brother, Gene, of the Qiana shirts and rabid sexual imagination, and Gene's sultry daughter, the aptly named Randi. Meanwhile, paralyzing decisions loom, until the moment when Eddie is forced to take the measure of the father he fears and the uncle he pities, and finally define himself.

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Marshall Messer was raised on Long Island and went to Woodstock. He has witnessed more than thirty Belmont Stakes, including the Triple Crown triumphs of Secretariat, Affirmed and Seattle Slew. He has been a cab driver, bartender, garbageman, actor and teacher, and he has played blues harp at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He lives in Manhattan with his family.

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"Marshall Messer's high-spirited debut novel not only brings back the great-hearted Secretariat of my youth--and who can ever get enough of Secretariat?--but also summons my long-dead horse-playing great uncles back from the other side, as bumptious, scheming and profane as ever. A more replete novel of sporting New York in all its vulgar glory could hardly be imagined." --Jaimy Gordon, author of the National Book Award-winning Lord of Misrule

"Set in the era of Woodstock and Watergate, Marshall Messer's novel is a classic exploration of youth--its yearning, confusion, and desire for freedom. The language is precise, the voice honest and indelible. This book is funny and sad and moving, and I loved every page." --Chris Offutt, author of Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods

"Like the victory of Secretariat that opens Change at Jamaica, Marshall Messer runs away with this funny and knowing story of New York in the seventies, leaving others in the dust." --David Gilbert, author of And Sons, The Normals, and Remote Feed

"Set in the era of Woodstock and Watergate, Marshall Messer's novel is a classic exploration of youth--its yearning, confusion, and desire for freedom. The language is precise, the voice honest and indelible. This book is funny and sad and moving, and I loved every page." --Chris Offutt, author of Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods

"Like the victory of Secretariat that opens Change at Jamaica, Marshall Messer runs away with this funny and knowing story of New York in the seventies, leaving others in the dust." --David Gilbert, author of And Sons, The Normals, and Remote Feed

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