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American Spirit: A Novel by Dan Kennedy

American Spirit: A Novel

by Dan Kennedy

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American Spirit by Dan Kennedy is a clinical examination of a soul in crisis. Suffering from a potentially serious undiagnosed health ailment, Matthew, a fortysomething executive has additional complications to contend with: a cheating spouse, loss of youth and loss of job. Faced with these dire matters, Matthew tries to cobble together some meaning and direction in his life. Before taking his one-man sideshow on the road west, he attempts various balms for his soul: therapy, drinking, jogging, yoga and crafting classes until gun ownership and a foray into drug dealing seems like a wise choice. Though I admired the many searing and sometimes poetic observations about American culture and quest for self-help, the bulk of the story is told at a cold distance that doesn’t inspire compassion toward Matthew’s plight. Kennedy has proved his talent for the humorous in Loser Goes First, but don’t go looking for hilarity here aside from a few choice passages such as when Matthew tries to understand millennials or teenage girls’ fascination with vampires. From an ugly and sometimes tedious first half, the book improves along the way and ultimately reaches a satisfying conclusion. The book is worth experiencing mainly for the occasional but gloriously caustic indictments of American culture. ( )
  sixslug | Jan 18, 2015 |
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When Matthew, a forty-something media executive, finds his job, health, and marriage crumbling, he goes native: Lives in his car. Dips his toe in drug-running. Contemplates song lyrics. Takes a really good pottery class. Before long he’s on a stumbling, agonizingly funny vision quest that takes him from a strip-mall parking lot to Yellowstone National Park to a Bali medical clinic, from an unlikely romance with a Hollywood agent specializing in hot young vampire roles to extreme RVing with a disgraced Wall Street trader.

In this heroic and hilarious debut novel, Dan Kennedy gives us an everyman who takes us to the neon-lit edges of contemporary American life.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:26 -0400)

A midlife crisis forces forty-something media exec, Matthew Harris on a hectic and hilarious quest to figure out what his life is all about.

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