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Teenager by Bud Smith
May 10, 2022 | ISBN 9780593315224

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Teenager is a great artistic high-wire act and a gift to readers who still care about the timeless problem of young men and women finding their place together in this world—or not. Should Tella get in another stolen car with Kody and flee with him to the Montana of his imagination? Both quests are represented here, hers and his, Yin and Yang, and Smith tells it all with ecstatic wit and feeling and innocence. To have captured this duality on paper demanded more than wildness, more than heart—all of which Smith has to burn—but also will and skill and ingenuity.” —Atticus Lish, author of The War for Gloria

“From the Graceland mansion to an alpaca farm in Montana, from a chapel in the Grand Canyon to the ancient forests of California, this is a love story as epic and eccentric as America. In prose that crackles and sings off the page, Bud Smith has written a humorous and tender new classic.” —Mary South, author of You Will Never Be Forgotten

“Abused when not neglected, and with no patience for self-pity, Teenager’s Kody and Teal are the latest memorable additions to that venerable American tradition of They’re young, they’re in love, and they’ll shoot if they have to, lighting out for the west and freedom. Wildly romantic, blithely clueless and always headlong, they’re above all else passionately appreciative of the miracle of someone else having chosen, of all things, them, and everywhere they go they reveal, in all its doofy and intermittent heartlessness and lethality, the America that spawned them.” —Jim Shepard, author of Phase Six

“Bud Smith is a classic writer who taps into the absurd skillfully. His dry, deft, enthusiastic language guts without being sentimental. Teenager is a study on the gnawing, American desire for escape; the lengths we will go to elude boredom, find love, and feel connected. From Tennessee to Montana, I’ll follow Kody and Teal wherever they take me.” —Halle Hill, author of Good Women

“Written in sentences as spare and fine as line drawings, Teenager is a blood-soaked love story that is at once hopeless and hopeful, reckless yet redeeming. A ton of fun.” —Lee Clay Johnson, author of Nitro Mountain

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