About Something Pretty, Something Beautiful• Paperback: 262 pages
• Publisher: Outpost19 (June 1, 2013)
In Tacoma, a circle of friends finds their leader in Will Wilson. Together, they drink, they get high, they take girls to the woods — but Will Wilson keeps pushing toward darker extremes.
As the descent gets steeper, there is a way out: Another friend’s fishing boat off the coast of Alaska. There is life after Tacoma.
But the choice has to be made. And some friendships feel more than inevitable.
Something Pretty, Something Beautiful is a novel about bare and common violence. About the simple horrors taking place in the house that’s down the street. The house along the road you drive past every day.
It’s about cars moving fast along streets lit white and gray. It’s about the crashing screams of a rollercoaster echoing out from the county fair.
Yet Something Pretty, Something Beautiful is also about quiet days in a small boat out on Puget Sound. Quiet days working hard in a fish plant in Alaska.
And it’s about the sadness of how to make those lives finally connect.
I'll be honest - I had a difficult time getting through this book. Perhaps it is because I'm the mother of four sons and could vividly imagine my boys doing some of the not-so-bright stunts as mentioned in this coming-of-age story. I suppose that is a sign of powerful writing when a story disturbs you.
"Something Pretty, Something Beautiful" is well-written and intriguing, and those who enjoy this type of graphic, descriptive, and frankly, sad story of a generation that seems lost will find it an interesting read.
Outpost19, called “the most harrowing portrait of American boys careening into manhood that I’ve ever read, by the writer Benjamin Whitmer. He is also the writer of the novel Shimmer, an IndieNext pick from Unbridled Books that reviewers likened to the work of Don Delillo, David Foster-Wallace, and William Gibson. Eric has published numerous short stories in Prairie Schooner, The Literary Review, Best American Mystery Stories, and other publications.
He is the publisher of The Daily News, The Memphis News and The Nashville Ledger, local publications covering business and politics in Memphis and Nashville. He is also host of Behind the Headlines on WKNO.
Eric lives in Memphis. Previously he lived in New York, and before that in New London, Connecticut. He grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and Juneau, Alaska. He attended the Columbia University School of the Arts,Connecticut College, and Woodrow Wilson High School.
Eric is the father of Reed, Mackenzie, Andrew and Lucy, and husband to Elizabeth, a wonderful person and incredible teacher at Memphis University School.
Find out more about Eric at his website and follow him on Twitter.
Eric’s Tour StopsMonday, July 15th: The Book Wheel
Thursday, July 18th: Drey’s Library
Monday, July 22nd: Respiring Thoughts
Tuesday, July 23rd: Mom in Love With Fiction
Wednesday, July 24th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Monday, August 5th: Conceptual Reception
Thursday, August 8th: Books in the Burbs
Wednesday, August 14th: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, August 15th: Good Girl Gone Redneck
Thursday, August 22nd: Books à la Mode
My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and for providing the review copy of the book.
I was not compensated for my opinion.