Peter Bognanni is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was awarded a Teaching/Writing Fellowship for his work. His short fiction and humor pieces have appeared in Gulf Coast, The Bellingham Review and McSweeney's Internet Tendency. He is a 2008 Pushcart Nominee, and his short story "The Body Eternal" was chosen by Stephen King as one of the "100 Most Distinguished Stories of 2006" in Best American Short Stories. He is currently a Visiting Instructor of Creative Writing at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He once played in a terrible high school punk band.
Sixteen-year-old Sebastian Prendergast has grown up isolated, homeschooled, and, in of all places, a geodesic dome in Iowa with his grandmother, a fervent Buckminster Fuller fan. Her sudden illness brings Sebastian together with his first friend ever. Jarod Whitcomb is a moody, punk music fan who's known something of loneliness, too, and the two misfits form a punk band of their own. Bognanni's characters are well drawn and sympathetic; his story is an affectionate and sly portrayal of adolescent angst and a paean to punk-and it just gets better in Lloyd James's hands. The dialogue becomes laugh-out-loud funny and James's youthful voice keeps Sebastian's first-person narrative sounding genuine. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 16). (Mar.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.