“Yes, the world is ablaze, but I am holding the torch. My fellow bluebirds will understand.”
What happens when a man drinks a gallon of rum per day for a year? Many things.
He falls in love with a bar. He befriends the homeless. He goes broke. He ends up in jail. He convinces himself that the world is burning. He turns into a bluebird. Most importantly, though, he laughs. He laughs because he has to, because it’s the only way to fight off the truth
It's audiobook release week for this wonderful new book written by Matt Gibson. It's a sardonic exploration of grief, solitude, addiction, and friendship in the underbelly of Southern California. My favorite character to develop throughout the book was a gentleman named Pancake, an unhoused schizophrenic who is hilarious, tragic, slightly dangerous, and at all times deeply human. Something about him made me think of Donald Merwin Elbert (A.K.A. Trash Can Man) from The Stand by Stephen King. Less fascinated with fire but still willing watch the world burn.
Part J.D. Salinger—part David Sedaris—part Hunter S. Thompson—this book had me in tears in the booth and was a joy to read. Listen to it with a glass of something cold that clinks. Then be sure to drink some water and go hug the people you love.
Find it on Audible and be sure to check out Matt's other work while you're at it!