Tom Spanbauer: Now is the Hour
USA 2006, 459 pp., hardcover, € 24.89Kostenloser Versand innerhalb Europas.
»The universe has always conspired to fuck me up,« maintains 17-year-old teenage Rigby John Klusener, who, in the 1960s, lives with his parents and sister on an Idaho farm. In the summer of 1967, Rigby is hitchhiking from his hometown of Pocatello, Idaho, to San Francisco to escape a life of religious, racial and sexual bigotry. Rigby is bound and determined to break away from the bonds of his repressive home environment, first in the form and arms of a girlfriend, and then, far more profoundly, of the outrageous but bighearted George, who, although much older than Rigby, unlocks for him the splendor of true love. He leaves behind a hopelessly mystified mother, an embittered father and a sister trapped in a brutal marriage. As he waits for a ride out on the deserted highway, he winds the story back to his childhood, then virtually walks the reader through a life marked by hard farm work, Catholic guilt and the liberating passion of deep friendships formed with the most scandalously disreputable people of the community.