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Till the Wheels Fall Off by Brad Zellar

Till the Wheels Fall Off by Brad Zellar

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From Coffee House Press:

FROM ROLLER RINKS AND RECORD PLAYERS TO COIN-OPERATED CONDOM DISPENSERS AND SMALL-TOWN MOBSTERS, TILL THE WHEELS FALL OFF IS A NOVEL ABOUT AN UNCONVENTIONAL CHILDHOOD AMONG THE PLEASURES AND PRIVATIONS OF THE PRE-DIGITAL ERA.

It’s the late 1980s, and Matthew Carnap is awake most nights, afflicted by a potent combination of insomnia and undiagnosed ADHD. Sometimes he gazes out his bedroom window into the dark; sometimes he wanders the streets of his small southern Minnesota town. But more often than not, he crosses the hall into his stepfather Russ’s roller rink to spend the sleepless hours lost in music. Russ’s record collection is as eclectic as it is extensive, and he and Matthew bond over discovering new tunes and spinning perfect skate mixes. Then Matthew’s mother divorces Russ; they move; the roller rink closes; the twenty-first century arrives. Years later, an isolated, restless Matthew moves back to his hometown. From an unusual apartment in the pressbox of the high school football stadium, he searches his memories, looking for something that might reconnect him with Russ.

With humor and empathy, Brad Zellar (House of Coates) returns with a discursive, lo-fi novel about rural Midwestern life, nostalgia, neurodiversity, masculinity, and family—with a built-in soundtrack.