About the Author
Jimmy Gleacher is the author of “It’s How You Play the Game” and the screenwriter of “He’s Such a Girl,” and lives in Boulder, Colorado. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the trippy and groovy Naropa Institute, where he was awarded the Jack Kerouac Scholarship. His short stories have appeared in The Sun, 2wice, The Lullwater Review, Damaged Goods, and other lit journals no one has ever heard of.
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Check out his other books at the end and enter to win copies of both his previous releases!
1. Bookmarks or dog ears?
2. Dust jacket on or off when reading a hard back?
3. What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?
4. What are you reading right now?
IMPERIAL BEDROOMS by Bret Easton Ellis
5. Do you have a favorite author?
6. Was there a book that inspired you to write?
7. Do you have a favorite place to write?
8. How does your garden grow?
Definitely not with cockle shells.
9. What is the last thing you Googled?
10. What makes you cringe?
All the mistakes I have made.
TRUE OR F A L S E ? It’s only a week into summer break and already seventeen-year-old Gates has . . .
a) Hustled millionaires on the golf course
b) Tried to stop his mother from having a(nother) nervous breakdown
c) Promised to lose his virginity with his girlfriend, Mel . . . which would be great if he hadn’t already lost it to his forty-year-old godmother
d) Almost killed a man
Yeah, Gates has a lot of secrets, but he’s determined to keep his heart true. When he’s not swinging golf clubs like a pro, he reads pulp fiction to old folks at the retirement home. And despite his occasional slip-ups—drinking before noon and sneaking glimpses through his sexy godmother’s open negligees—Gates only has eyes for Mel. But she knows he’s hiding something, and she’s beginning to lose her patience.
Just as Gates is about to spill his shameful secrets, he gets tangled up in a golf club scandal that jeopardizes his dreams of a normal life. He’s never been a fighter, but this time he finally pushes back at the world—which could have been a breakthrough but turns into an epic fail. Probably because Gates fights back dirty. Now his life is on the verge of ruin, and he’s got no one to turn to for help.
Or so he thinks. Because what Gates is about to discover might hit him with the most amazing shock of his life.
Liza Davis is looking for something. Looking for hope, for meaning. For her sister, or her best friend. Maybe she’s even looking for herself. In Silly Little Rich Girl, Jimmy Gleacher introduces a fascinating and contradictory heroine. Privileged, famous, beautiful…Liza seems destined for a successful career on Wall Street until a series of events loosens her grip on reality and sends her on a cross-country quest. From New York to Florida to Seattle, she visits the fringes of the underworld, gets an hour’s worth of fifteen minutes of fame, falls in love for the first time, and believes her obsession with finding her sibling is sisterly love. Liza’s journey is a classic road trip with a postmodern spin. Through Liza, Gleacher takes on American popular culture, from the sacred to the profane. Reality television, politicians, and evangelical Christians are just a few of Gleacher’s targets in this incisive sophomore novel.
With a cinematic wit and some emotional insight (rare from the male perspective), Jimmy Gleacher delivers his debut novel, a clever and heartfelt tale of a twentysomething guy’s trip through love and relationships.
Jack Wilson’s got a few problems. First, there’s his ex-girlfriend, Breach — their relationship was too perfect for any twentysomething guy in his right mind. Unable to commit, he quickly ran the other way. Since then, the dating games have spun out of control.
Now there’s his new girlfriend, Hope — she’s gorgeous, exciting, smart, and quite possibly crazy. Hope’s rich friends? Even crazier. Jack’s life is suddenly cluttered with young, beautiful people who have a strange definition of love. Relying on fate, Jack decides to ride the situation out with little or no regard for the consequences.
A no-good gambling father, the new girlfriend’s psychotic mother, and a seductive older woman aren’t making things any easier. Jack’s getting plenty of advice, though. If he isn’t seeking the counsel of the local Mafioso deli owner, then his mom and her “Friday Night Drinking Club” are more than willing to butt in. Through it all, Jack learns that finding love and living with it depends on a set of rules, a few good moves, and a dose of luck.
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