“Barry Hannah writes about adolescence with a rare pizzazz and insight. . . . [He] flings around his prose like the baton of a righteous twirler, and his story glitters in the sunshine.” Rolling Stone
978-0-8021-3569-8 • $16.00 • Paperback • May 1998
Geronimo Rex, Barry Hannah’s brilliant first novel, which was nominated for the National Book Award, is full of the rare verve and flawless turns of phrase of this American master
Reared in gloomy Dream of Pines, Louisiana, whose pines have long since yielded to paper mills, Harry Monroe is ready to take on the world. Inspired by the great Geronimo, Harry puts on knee boots and a scarf and voyages out into the swamp of adolescence in the South of the 1950s and ’60s. Along the way he is attacked by an unruly peacock; discovers women, rock ’n’ roll, and jazz; and stalks a pervert white supremacist who fancies himself the next Henry Miller.
Roiling with love and torment, lunacy and desire, hilarity and tenderness, Geronimo Rex is a diamond-sharp portrait of those times and that placeplagued by violent reality, but giddy, like Harry himself, with a sense of unlimited possibility.