Drew Perry: Kids These Days
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Drew Perry joined us for a reading and discussion of his latest novel, Kids These Days, hailed by Library Journal as a “timely look at contemporary America, with its unexpected economic setbacks and the bargains made to surmount them . . . Readers of Nick Hornby, Dave Eggers, and Jonathan Tropper should enjoy this compelling novel, the story of a man in transition that might also lure a few Florida fiction fans as well.”
About Kids These Days (Algonquin Books)
In the spirit of Jonathan Tropper and Kevin Wilson, Drew Perry takes aim at the two sides of a man’s impending fatherhood—abject terror and unconditional love.
Walter and Alice are expecting their first baby, but their timing is a bit off: Alice has quit her job, and Walter, once a successful loan officer, has been unexpectedly downsized. They’ve had to relocate to Florida to live rent-free in Alice’s deceased aunt’s condo, and when Alice’s brother-in-law Mid offers Walter a job, he can’t refuse. But the things he doesn’t know—about Mid’s murky dealings and the secret arrangements of his shady small-business empire—are beginning to unnerve him. Tensions escalate until the day Mid’s mysteriously procured bright yellow Camaro becomes the object of a police chase—with Walter riding shotgun.
Drew Perry paints a landscape of weird, strange, beautiful Florida and its inhabitants—all wholly original, hilarious, and utterly believable. And at the center is a wonderfully sensitive portrait of a father-to-be who is filled with trepidation, paralyzed by the thought of taking responsibility for another human life when he won’t even take responsibility for his own. Kids These Days is a novel about a man who finally grows up—and just in time.
Drew Perry’s first book, This is Just Exactly Like You, was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, a SIBA Okra Pick, and an Atlanta Journal Constitution Best Book of 2010 pick. His new novel is Kids These Days. He has published fiction in Black Warrior Review, Atlanta Magazine, Alaskan Quarterly Review, and New Stories from the South. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, and teaches at Elon University. Visit him online at www.drewperry.net.