***AWARD-WINNING DARK BUT HUMOROUS COMING-OF-AGE NOVEL***
Trying to escape the oppression leading him to crime, drugs, and despair, 22-year-old William James rejects a teaching position offer at a prestigious Buffalo high school and moves to Mexico to find freedom in its beaches, mountains, and culture.
But soon, this freedom becomes oppressive as well as William finds himself unable to avoid the pull of the dark underbelly of the small town that, while beautiful, is ravaged by drug trafficking. He continues a downward spiral until he meets a complex and compassionate Mexican woman whose love inspires him to face the question he’s been avoiding: Is this trip a desperate search for life or a slow death?
The summer after graduating from college, 22-year-old Danny Wolinski takes a cross-country US road trip with his friend, Ian Perez, hoping to find the inspiration to reach his songwriting potential, start a band, and avoid student teaching in the fall.
Danny is tormented by intense physical and psychological pain and sees music as his only relief, but the more he searches for this inspiration in an America filled with endless parties, heavy drugs, and lost souls, the more he questions whether it exists.
A deeply disturbing and psychological coming-of-age novel, THE SUMMER OF CRUD explores the complexities of friendships, masculinity, sex, mental illness, and addiction, and shows how the quest to unlock one’s creativity can both inspire and destroy a person.
-#1 Amazon Best Seller ("Satire" and "Urban Life" Kindle categories)
-Winner of 2015 Stargazer Literary Prizes (Visionary and Metaphysical Fiction category)
-"Raw and edgy. . . Entertaining and authentic look at the troubled American education system. . ." --Kirkus Reviews, Recommended Review
-"A scathing comic novel . . ." --Patrick Murtha, Book 'em, Danno
-"Incredibly artistic . . . raw and endearing." --San Francisco Book Review
DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY follows a group of recent college graduates who struggle with alienation and their addictions as they try to survive a year of teaching at two dysfunctional Miami public schools.