SMALL TOWNS. SMALL MINDS,
GOSSIP, RUMORS, PARANOIA
One man, his wife, and their daughter embracing
a new normal at the turn of the 21st century
in America, trying their hardest in the land of
the free, and the home of the afraid.
(from back cover)
SUMMARYAs a professional storyteller and teacher, Griffin Donnelley has a mesmerizing way with words. In fact, it has enabled him to cut quite a swath through the small towns in California where he teaches in schools and performs in bookstores and town halls. Nonetheless, he just can’t seem to catch a break, and is chugging along in his Camry from gig to gig, heading straight for utter burnout. Is there still time to reroute his faltering existence, or is his future looking decidedly scary? Droll and dead-on in its sizing up of contemporary culture, Scary, Man is author Jeffrey Hickey’s wry and singular story of one man, his wife, and their daughter. Together, they embrace a new normal at the turn of the twenty-first century in America, while trying their hardest in the land of the free, and the home of the afraid. As Griffin shuffles from one appearance to the next as a man working in the world of children, he becomes increasingly vulnerable to the fears and suspicions of others. He also has plenty of his own well-earned, obvious flaws that feed into the small-town gum-flapping. At the same time, his wife Samantha, who runs a home day care, is on the brink of her own existential malaise. This propels her to follow her calling as a teacher, going back to school and creating some distance between herself and her family. To add further complexity to family life, their canny, candid daughter Clare has her own identity crisis that’s ready to emerge. An absorbing work of literary fiction peppered with gay themes and social commentary, this humor-inflected take on small towns, small minds, rumor mills, and rampant paranoia will strike an all-too-familiar chord with readers trying to make their way through the shaky American landscape, while keeping marriage and morals intact, and mayhem at bay. It will leave readers nodding in queasy recognition, while at the same time scratching their heads at the plight of the protagonist who is plenty bright, but who just can’t seem to get it right. Scary, Man is author Jeffrey Hickey's third novel. His first two novels, The Coach's Son and Morehead have each earned 5 star ratings from ForeWord Clarion Review, along with other great critical acclaim. He was recently invited to give one of his well known readings in Limerick, Ireland, at the famous White House Bar. Literary Aficionado Magazine has written, "Jeffrey Hickey has that ability to inform and entertain simultaneously, and as he continues to prove to his readers, he has the ability to create unforgettable characters - not too far removed from the status of Holden Caulfield."
Paperback, 442 pages
Published September 2013 by Bignboo Productions
original title Scary, Man
edition language English
In this case I think the rumors and gossip brought out the best of Griffin. He stood up and found his voice to fight back.
I would recommend this book to anyone. Don't be taken aback by the title. There's way more behind it.
I was given a complimentary copy of SCARY MAN from the author, Jeffrey Hickey for my view of the book. No other compensation took place.
I would give this book 5 STARS.