Birch Hills at World's End

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Birch Hills at World's End begins between Detroit and nowhere, in 1999, when high school senior Josh Reilly senses an apocalypse approaching. Josh's unease increases as his privileged but disturbed friend Erik schemes in a journal he calls "The Doomsday Book," where he plots revenge against the suburbia he's learned to despise. When Lindsay, a sixteen-year-old famed for dramatic self-mutilation and questionable poetry, becomes Josh's girlfriend, Erik finds companionship in a circle of bikers and small-time meth traffickers. Josh, suspecting his friend Erik has become a competitor for Lindsay's affections, peeks into the Doomsday Book and is shocked by what he learns. A web of domestic strife, romantic rivalry, and millennial anxiety challenges two boys to stand together as their youth comes apart. Columbine... Y2K... can friendships survive the end of the world? Praise for "Birch Hills at World's End" "'Birch Hills at World's End' is a terrific coming-of-age tale told in a way that feels completely fresh. Hyatt handles the important themes of alienation, young love, friendship and family with scrupulous honesty, which is why we care about his characters so deeply by the end. He perfectly captures the heartbreak and hilarity of adolescence, artfully detailing the ugliness and confusion as well as the epiphinal moments of grace. It's a great book by an exciting new author." - Don De Grazia, author of "American Skin" "Buy this book! Geoff Hyatt is the real deal, and 'Birch Hills at World's End' is proof that you're in the hands of a major talent. Hyatt is that rare author in contemporary fiction-a visionary-brilliantly meshing the apocalyptic with the absurd, and bringing to mind the best of Denis Johnson: searing prose that makes you laugh one moment and cringe the next. Birch Hills isn't John Updike's suburb, with its afternoon cocktails and key parties. No, Birch Hills is our very own suburb, and Geoff Hyatt has lifted the rock for all to see." - John McNally, author of "After the Workshop" and "The Book of Ralph" "Against the backdrop of the gas stations, Dairy Queen parking lots, and under-construction subdivisions of an economically changing Michigan town, Hyatt draws us in with his original voice and spot-on awareness of what it feels like to try to grow up and face difficult, sometimes life-altering choices during an uncertain time. At turns hilarious and heartbreaking, "Birch Hills at World's End" will make us all glad that we lived through Y2K-if for no other reason than to have the chance to read this book." - Patricia Ann McNair, author of "The Temple of Air"
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Geoff Hyatt has shown intermittent enthusiasm for electric guitars, vintage psychedelic posters, and ginger ale. He moved to Chicago after surviving the millennium, where he often sits reading a book while waiting for the bus.

His work has appeared in Knee-Jerk, Temenos, Thuglit, Criminal Class Review, and elsewhere. He recently received an M.F.A. from Columbia College Chicago, and attended the Creative Writing Workshop at Western Michigan University. 

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Publisher
Vagabondage Press LLC
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Published on
Sep 10, 2011
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Pages
183
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ISBN
9781452475776
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / General
Juvenile Fiction / Boys & Men
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Adolescence
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Violence
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