Riding High

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Trafford Publishing, 2003 - Fiction - 274 pages
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Take a fast Manhattan ride with Steven McGowan, an aging, burned-out pot dealer looking for an easy exit from his crime-lite life. But grab your helmet, there's a dicey curve ahead when his Southern ex-boozing father shows up heaven-bent on patching up family wounds. Then hang on for a heady road trip through a whacked-out universe of rowdy dopesters, down-home geezers, Russian limo-drivers, and overzealous drug warriors. Pit stop with spiritual shrinks, Rasta gurus, homeless angels, and a tough-love sweetheart for inspiration and fresh wit. Will our old-school slacker steer a new course and deal with his life, dad, and sweetie? Or will he just roll another doob and crash on comic despair? Lord knows, but before his wild ride is over, you'll either hug him or strangle him with your bare hands -- if you don't laugh or cry yourself into a ditch first.

Riding High is a bittersweet tour of dysfunction and redemption, but stay on its path of black humor, pain, and promise, and you'll find a metaphor for a country still in recovery from Vietnam, the Cold War, a misguided drug war, and the breakdown of the American family.


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About the author (2003)

Currently a New Yorker, Scott Oglesby grew up in the "Ark-La-Tex," and has a BA from the Univ. of Arkansas. He spent the next twenty years in Cleveland, LA and San Francisco working in civil rights, public schools, and social services before opening a cafe in S.F. Then indulging long repressed muses, he reinvented himself as a photographer, singer, theater artist and comedy writer. Eventually, his Southern genes and inner demons pushed him over the edge to novelist. His article, "No Radio," a tale of a beleaguered Manhattan motorist, was published in New York's West Side Spirit. "Riding High" is his first novel.

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