Osama bin Laden is Dead

Battered Suitcase Press
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Osama bin Laden is Dead is about growing up in a sad little town in the middle of nowhere. It’s about going to high school with a bunch of rich kids who hate you because you buy your clothes at Walmart. It’s about your parents manipulating you into enrolling in a creepy Christian college where morons go to be brainwashed. It’s about dating a girl who won’t put out.

Osama bin Laden is Dead is about Mark, a high school senior who can’t imagine how his life could ever stop being pathetic. Mark is neither happy nor well adjusted. He likes to pretend that Osama bin Laden is some kind of anti-Christ superhero who can save him from the bleak hellscape that his life has become. “Osama bin Laden is Dead” is about all of Western civilization crumbling and collapsing on top of you. It’s about war and terrorism and making out with your best friend’s girlfriend on a sticky couch in her basement. It’s about finding a new way to live.

  

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About the author

Alex Miller grew up in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and lived in Nashville for a few years. He’s a newspaper editor who lives with his wife in Hilo, Hawaii. He misses the South, and especially all the hot weather, poverty, crime and rampant unemployment, but—if he must—he’s willing to go on living in Hawaii for a little while longer. Or maybe forever. 

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Publisher
Battered Suitcase Press
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Pages
114
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / General
Fiction / Literary
Juvenile Fiction / Boys & Men
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Adolescence
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Dating & Sex
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / General
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
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