Boarded Windows (Coffee House Press)
Join us as Dylan Hicks presents his debut novel, Boarded Windows. A postmodern orphan story set to music, the book will include a free download of Dylan Hicks Sings Bolling Greene, a soundtrack to the novel written and performed by the author.
"Boarded Windows is a shrewd and soulful novel. References (high and low, familiar and obscure) abound in this eloquent and unusual story of not-quite innocence lost. Hicks uses his intimate knowledge of American music to give us a precise portrait of Wade Salem, a self-taught, fast-talking half-genius." --Dana Spiotta, author of Stone Arabia and Eat the Document
"Do yourself a favor and read this smart, tender book. The characters will haunt you with their longing, and inspire you with their sweet, caustic wit. Dylan Hicks knows his music and his prose is a song in itself. He's given light to the shuttered and boarded parts of life." --Sam Lipsyte
"As a novel, Dylan Hicks's Boarded Windows takes a sly, questioning, sidelong glance that keeps both the narrator and his listeners--because this novel is whispered, confided, mused, as much as it is written--continually off balance. As a work of American iconography, it's a continually hilarious, hopes-dashed account of an indelible American character: the con man." --Greil Marcus
Dylan Hicks is a songwriter, musician, and writer. His work has appeared in the Village Voice, New York Times, Star Tribune, City Pages, and Rain Taxi, and he has released three albums under his own name. A fourth, Sings Bolling Greene, is a companion album to this novel adn will be released in May 2012. He lives in Menneapolis with his wife, Nina Hale, and his son, Jackson. This is his first novel. Visit the author online at www.dylanhicks.com.