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The Slide

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The Slide

Potter Mays retreats immediately after college graduation to the safety of his childhood home. Each morning, his mother makes him eggs, lovingly fried into hollowed-out pieces of toast. His father promises to “poke around” for gainful employment for his son. Potter’s best friend, Stuart—an “Independent Thought Contractor” working out of his parents’ lavish pool house—is willing to serve as a kind of life coach, provided, of course, that Potter pays for his services all summer.

Elsewhere, Potter’s (former? future?) girlfriend, Audrey, is backpacking around Europe with her beautiful bisexual traveling companion, Carmel. Potter was not invited, and getting a good night’s sleep has recently become an issue.

As enigmatic packages arrive from Audrey, the refuge of life at home soon proves illusory. Potter’s parents are oddly never in the same room together, the underage neighbor girl is looking quite adult, and Stuart’s much-needed counseling service is subcontracted to a third-party denizen of the pool house with an agenda all his own. And just what are those noises coming from the attic?

At once an offbeat love story, a moving portrait of a family in crisis, and a darkly funny American comedy, Kyle Beachy’s The Slide heralds the arrival of a remarkable new voice in fiction.

The Slide
by Kyle Beachy

  • Publication Date: January 27, 2009
  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: The Dial Press
  • ISBN-10: 0385341857
  • ISBN-13: 9780385341851