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170. Alternative READ: Deuced ~ Perry Crowe ~Trafford ~ Fiction: Contemporary

Title: Deuced
Author: Perry Crowe
Title: Deuced
Author’s Website: http://perrycrowe.com
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Publisher’s Website: http://www.trafford.com
Genre: Fiction / Contemporary
Publication date: 2005
ISBN: 1-4120-5365-X
Length: 323 pages
Format: Paperback

Deuced ~ Perry Crowe ~Trafford ~ Fiction: Contemporary

Take a Trip with the Oblivion Brothers!

Deuced is a fascinating snapshot of the lives of two young flatmates (the Oblivion Brothers) in modern day Los Angeles and explores their relationships with not only each other but with various other friends and family members. It shows you how, just when things seem to be ticking along nicely, the situation can suddenly deteriorate, without warning, beyond your control.

The story unfolds through the eyes of ‘Zip’, one of the Oblivion Brothers, who is laid-back, rather stoned and a nice guy. He shares an apartment with his Oblivion Brother and boyhood friend, Otto, who is to a certain extent in his shadow. Zip soon meets Irene, an amateur folk-singer visiting her auntie and uncle and they rapidly fall in love despite their different attitudes to drugs and religion. Before very much longer and in a mist of cannabis smoke, Zip’s relationships (through no fault of his own) seem to crumble before his eyes.

I read Deuced with a completely open mind and was very pleasantly surprised by the subject and by the way it was written. It is totally believable and you could almost imagine someone telling you this story about something they had actually experienced. The author obviously has the ability to keep the reader interested and I found it difficult to put down. Perry Crowe tackles many issues along the way without trying to pander to any particular train of thought, so the drug use and the religious scepticism are uncompromising and very realistically depicted. Due to this, I would think this novel is better suited to a British audience rather than an American one because of the subject matter, but I could be wrong!

In conclusion, I would recommend this book to anyone as a thoroughly good and absorbing read and would go so far as to say that it is one of the best books portraying real-life situations that I have read recently. With the right exposure this novel would do extremely well and I could imagine Deuced making a very good film. Read it and take a trip with the Oblivion Brothers!

About the Author:
Perry Crowe grew up in Mounds View, Minnesota, a northern suburb of Minneapolis. He received a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Iowa where he also participated in the Undergraduate Writers Workshop in Fiction. He now lives in Los Angeles.

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