Losing Our Edge: A Novel

Open Road Media
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Generation X cult classics Our Noise and Geniuses of Crack chronicled a group of friends just out of college who lived in a small town, cared more about their record collections than their careers, and never imagined they’d have to grow up.
 
Losing Our Edge—the sequel to both books—revisits a number of the characters, seeing where they are twenty years later and discovering what’s happened with their lives.
 
There’s Charles and Randy, two old friends and former roommates who reconnect only to discover they now have nothing in common. There’s Craig and Ashley, ex-lovers who contemplate getting back together, even if it means breaking up a marriage. And then there’s the band Bottlecap, reuniting for one last gig and another shot at the dream that was derailed the first time around. For everyone in Losing Our Edge, it’s a second chance to get things right.
 
A tough and honest look at what the passing of time does to romance, friendship, and dreams, Losing Our Edge shows that you can go home again—you just might not like what you find when you get there.
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About the author

Jeff Gomez is the author of five books. He lives in California.
 
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Open Road Media
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Published on
Mar 13, 2018
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Pages
245
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ISBN
9781504009522
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
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From the author of Our Noise, an engaging and touching tale about the misadventures of a Virginia-based rock band Bottlecap that’s “an intricate and richly detailed study in twentysomething generational manners and mores that’s almost encyclopedic in scope” (Bret Easton Ellis).

Bottlecap, the Virginia-based group introduced in Jeff Gomez’s cult favorite Our Noise, traded in life as a small band on a struggling independent label for a lucrative contract with a big Los Angeles company. This should mean more money, more attention—more of all the stuff that comes with fame. But from the minute Mark, Steve, and Gary arrive in Los Angeles, they enter a world they don’t quite understand.

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