That is the title of the debut novel from Peter Mountford, a fellow graduate of Pitzer College (He was in the class of 1999, I was class of 2001). We spent quite a bit of time back then talking about Art and Literature and Society and other capital-letter subjects in the way that college kids do (i.e. while inebriated), and we both harbored dreams of future literary success…

After graduating, I went off to climb the greasy pole of journalism, and Peter…well, I kinda forgot about him until we reconnected (older and balder) via Facebook… but he actually went and did it. MFA, residencies at artist’s colonies, the whole bit. And wrote his first novel, which I bought a couple weeks ago when he came to town to do a reading at Powell’s Books.

I finished it a couple days ago and sat down to give it a good review on Amazon. You can read it here and while I stand by those words, it occurs to me that I wasn’t as clear as I meant to be….what I was trying to get at was that, for all the emotional manipulation and economic skullduggery that takes place, this is not a story about heroes and villains, just flawed people trying to make the right choices – and not always succeeding.

So…if you’re looking for a good book this summer, I recommend this one. I’ve added his promo website to my blogroll (scroll down to the bottom of the page), but for any PDX visitors I’ll save you the click and mention that he’s coming back to town for the Loggernaut reading series: 7:30 p.m. May 4 at Ristretto Roasters, 3808 N. Williams. See you there!