Now, after seven years, he is out, free, at a crossroads, trying to make a fresh start, to fit into the life of Conestoga High School in the small upstate New York town to which he has been brought by his father absent from his life since he was a month old. The man is certainly charismatic. He is also crude, apparently addicted to bodybuilding and beer swilling. He has no visible job, no known past.
Associated by the town with his father's coarseness, hectored by the boorish football coach and the coach's pack of steroid-pumping teens, feeling himself losing ground, Andy is stunned to discover that the most popular girl in town is attracted to him. Terri, the homecoming queen, the school beauty, every boy's dream girl, a born-again Christian, a really nice girl. Andy can't believe it. He is immediately head over heels in love first love and determined to protect Terri from everything bad on earth. Worried that his father, even he himself, might contaminate her, and determined for her sake to discover what his father is, Andy begins to delve into the locked rooms and dangerous currents of the elder Tietam Brown's past and present.
What happens is told in an audiobook that is appealingly direct, moving, and altogether pleasurable in its superb storytelling and celebration of the human spirit.
©2003 Mick Foley; (P)2003 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.
"[A] compulsively readable first novel�" (Library Journal)
When i picked this one out i had no idea it was written by a pro wrestler, which makes it that much better! The story is hauntingly uplifting in a sick perverted way, Chuck Palahniuk, and Johnathan Frazer fans will enjoy this book, i am looking froward to his next novel
A dark yet mesmerizing coming-of-age story. I really wasn't expecting much from this author knowing that he's a pro wrestler but I could not stop listening to this audiobook. It's not classic literature but it is an interesting, well-paced, complex novel.
i often listen to audio books as im going to bed. i am a huge wrestling fan but had never heard of tietam brown until a few years ago. when i found the audio book i had to listen. It is such a great story, and mick does a really good job presenting the story
Narrator was fine.
However if the book were a play it would be vaudeville. Every character is either a sexual deviant villian or an angelic damsel/pornstar whilst the hero remains an ignorant wholesome youngster despite the barrage of heinous deeds done to him.
The story started off really well but quickly became farcical to a point of disconnect for me.
The writing style is interestingly low brow yet poetic.
Not unintelligent but to me it felt like a draft for a much better story if the author sat back and asked himself what he was trying to say about the human condition or morality or religion. Instead of only trying to be shocking.
Mick Foley may make his living getting bonked in the head with steel chairs, but the hard core legend has a great read in Tietam Brown. The narration is spot on, hopefully Mick will grace us with another.
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