In this funny, touching collection about music, identity,
liars, and love, Geoffrey Becker brings us into the lives of people
who have come to a turning point and lets us watch as they take,
however clumsily, their next steps.
In the title story, an aging black singer who performs only
Elvis songs despite his classic bluesman looks has his regular spot
at the local blues jam threatened by a newly arrived Asian American
with the unlikely name Robert Johnson. In "Man Under," two friends
struggling to be rock musicians in Reagan-era Brooklyn find that
their front door has been removed by their landlord. An aspiring
writer discovers the afterlife consists of being the stand-in for a
famous author on an endless book tour in "Another Coyote Story."
Lonely and adrift in Florence, Italy, a young man poses as a tour
guide with an art history degree in "Know Your Saints." And in
"This Is Not a Bar," a simple night on the town for a middle-aged
guitar student and jazz buff turns into a confrontation with his
past and an exploration of what is or is not real.
In his depictions of struggling performers, artists, expectant
parents, travelers, con-men, temporarily employed academics, and
even the recently deceased, Becker asks the question, Which are
more important: the stories we tell other people or the ones we
Subjects: Language & Literature
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