It feels so good when I stop

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Riverhead Books, Aug 6, 2009 - Fiction - 273 pages
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The hilarious and irreverent debut novel about a modern Everyman struggling to learn how to love, choose, and commit on his own terms, from the highly acclaimed singer and songwriter.

From the first moment he met Jocelyn, he knew he would marry her or destroy his life trying. He didnt count on being the lucky bastard that got to do both.
Its October 1996 in Cape Cod. Our hero a narrator so ordinary that he remains nameless is a talented but floundering musician-turnedwaiter who has hightailed it out of a volatile day-old marriage in New York and further into his own ever-deepening mess. With no job, no apartment, no wife, and a six pack of beer, hes looking for a clean slate. For years hes been dodging lifes extremes, stuck somewhere between responsibility and freedom, love and obsession, obligation and desire, apathy and success. Now hes seeking sanctuary at the home that his sister abandoned, along with her marriage, so that he can sort out something in his lifewhat, hes not quite sure.

Looking for distraction from his memories of the hot-blooded Jocelyn, who is still refusing to return his calls, he agrees to look after his two-year-old nephew. Together, the unlikely pair catches the attention of Marie, a young woman in the neighborhood with a troubled past of her own. As they get to know each other, our hero ventures into unknown territory, where his affection for a damaged kindred spirit just might shock him awake and shake him to the core. By turns hilariously irreverent and unpredictably affecting, It Feels So Good When I Stop is a disarmingly fresh love story and coming-ofage novel that refracts with pristine clarity what its like to grow up, and to fall and stay in love in the real world.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Indie rock musician and poet Pernice (Meat Is Murder, 2003) applies his life experience to a funny, nimble novel about an average Joe trying to surmount his own nature. The unnamed narrator is a UMass ... Read full review

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User Review  - mckall08 - LibraryThing

A hapless 20's young adult flees NY City to Cape Cod, leaving girl friend and chaos behind. Living in his sisters crummy condo, he bonds with her ex-husband, and their toddler son. He meets an odd ... Read full review


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Joe Pernice is a critically acclaimed musician, producer, and writer. He has written and recorded prolifically with the Scud Mountain Boys and his band, the Pernice Brothers, who have released six acclaimed albums. In addition to touring extensively for more than a decade, Pernice has written a collection of poetry, Two Blind Pigeons, and a lauded novella, Meat Is Murder, as part of the 33 1/3 series by Continuum Books. He coowns the indie music label Ashmont Records, and his music has been heard on the television shows Gilmore Girls and Six Feet Under, as well as in the movie Fever Pitch.

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