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A likable, intelligent high school senior, Mateo Bernard is new to Little Rock. Cody Redan has lived there all his life. Yet, when they meet, there's a familiarity, a sense they've known each other before. 

By turns funny, romantic, insightful, and sad, this evocative novel brilliantly recreates the landscape of late adolescence, when friendships seem eternal and loves reincarnate. Memory and Madness is a unique contribution to coming-of-age literature.

Early forerunners of this novel were published under the titles and moniker of Clicking Beat on the Brink of Nada (Cody) by Keith Hale.

©2018 Luke Hartwell (P)2018 Luke Hartwell

Critic Reviews

"Poetically evokes the pathos of early friendships and the frailty of adolescent dreams." (The Advocate)

"Top of the heap of gay fiction." (Gay Community News)

"The message transcends common reality.... The author charts the victory of substance over appearance, of everlasting truths over transient physical relationships. His characters give off warmth and forthrightness in equal portions." (This Week in Texas (Houston)) 

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  • 02-12-19

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Well written prose about a boy and his friends. Lots of focus on literature, philosophy, existentialism and substance abuse. Less focus on the plot. Somewhere halfway through the arc started showing, in this collection of ideas and events.
The narration could be more lively and the narrator kept handling his microphone, which was sometimes distracting.