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Slam (1990) [Novel]
by Lewis Shiner Rating: Weighted - 9.2 / Average - 9.5 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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Lewis Shiner emerges as a major new voice in contemporary fiction with Slam, his most powerful work to date. Here, the widely praised author of Deserted Cities of the Heart records his vision of late-twentieth-century America.

Dave, paroled after six months' hard time for tax evasion, has just landed the world's greatest job--no mean feat for a man whose distaste for work put him in prison in the first place. A rich old lady has left her fortune to her twenty-three cats. As their caretaker, Dave is to receive a salary, expenses, and the use of her luxury beach house.

Almost immediately things start to go wrong. The old woman's money is the focus of a power struggle between a cast of bizarre characters: Mary Nixon, the beautiful adventuress; Bryant C. Whitney, pastor of the local UFO church; Mrs. Cook, Dave's fundamentalist parole officer; Barbara and Charles, deaf and blind pirate-treasure hunters; and last, but not least, the enigmatic Terrell, philosopher, political theorist, and escaped murderer, who has decided to make Dave's home his own.

Allied against them are Dave's new friends, the collection of skateboarders living in the abandonded concrete mansions just down the beach. These are society's newest outlaws, and from them Dave will learn the meaning of true freedom in an unfree world.

Taking its energy from the invisible cultures that flourish all around us, Slam is as immediate as a knock at your front door.

Original title: Slam
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

Edition #1: Slam

Slam (1990)
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Language: English

  • "A clear-eyed journey through a brilliantly observed parcel of the new American weirdness. Funny, moving, and admirably human, Slam reveals Shiner as a writer with the essential ability to locate and identify the contemporary wilderness adrift in the shopping malls and skateparks." William Gibson, author of Mona Lisa Overdrive
  • "Beneath the relatively calm surface of Shiner's prose bubbles a radical brew of anarchist propositions, literature, and information nets...a computer virus of a novel." Brooks Landon, Iowa Review
  • "With glittering skill and white hot originality, Shiner...enters a stark neo-realist universe of intensity, precision, and unflinching commitment to what is happening this very moment. Here's the breakout novel by a savagely bright talent." Lance Olsen, author of Ellipse of Uncertainty: An Introduction to Postmodern Fantasy
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Slam (1990)

ISBN: 0385266839

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