WALLOP: A Novel by Nathaniel Kennon Perkins
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The last time Lauren had gone to the Psychic Institute, she paid sixty bucks and was told she was a reincarnated mermaid from another planet. How stupid would a hitchhiking, pool-shooting landscaper have to be to impregnate a former alien mermaid? How idiotic would he have to be to sleep in cornfields, hitchhike with white supremacists, and consume a pillowcase full of mushrooms just to figure it out? Wallop is a budget crust-punk epic, an oogle ode set in the house parties and open roads of wasteland America, a manifesto for the crusty dirt bag who’s just trying to get something, anything, back on track.
PRAISE FOR NATHANIEL KENNON PERKINS
“[Wallop is] for anyone who has or at least wants to know what it means to stand on a street corner on a summer day and smoke a cigarette between the cities of Denver and Kansas City. [Perkins’s] characters are not ‘great people’ who have a curriculum vitae of impressing accomplishments—their roads won’t lead them to hosting any TED Talks. This is how their lives turned out. [He] loves his characters; doesn’t compare them to other people; doesn’t ask them to lead better or worse lives; doesn’t ask his characters to be anything but characters. I really like this.”—NOAH CICERO, author of Give It to the Grand Canyon
“For anyone who’s ever wondered what it’s like to hitchhike through Kansas, sleep in a cornfield, or join the underground Missouri punk scene, Wallop is a thrilling read. Self-critical while never self-indulgent, Perkins has crafted a smart and refreshing twist on a familiar genre. Through witty prose and wry humor, he achieves a delicate balance of nihilism and hope, resulting in an ultimately moving perspective of one man struggling to find meaning in contemporary life..”—ISA MAZZEI, author of Camgirl
“Taking a Midwest road trip and partying with Nathaniel Kennon Perkins is not for the cowardly. [Wallop] is a tragicomic tale told in concise, well-paced prose. If you want to know what it feels like to be a young man making bad life choices in today’s America, this is the book for you.”—BART SCHANEMAN, author of The Silence is the Noise
“Where other writers might make a big show of pulling back the curtain, Perkins tore his down a long time ago and has been using it as a makeshift sleeping bag. His writing necessitates a dirty, uncomfortable intimacy, revealing the ugly contours of fringe life in the West, where cigarettes and tequila can be a warm meal and a story only ever ends when Perkins gets tired of telling it.”—KEVIN STERNE, author of All Must Go
“Goddamn good.”—ADAM GNADE, author of This is the End of Something but it’s Not the End of You
“Wallop simulates the experience of hitchhiking under the influence of a looming abortion, hungover as hell. I loved it. Perkins taps into the complexities of human experience, guilt, and the dramatic irony of what’s left unsaid. Our unnamed narrator navigates the desolate highways of the Midwest in tandem with his half-baked relationship, and we are lucky to be along for the ride.”—SHY WATSON, author of Cheap Yellow
“Nate’s writing is real. Honestly human. It kicks you right in the nuts then extends a hand to help you up. Wallop is that one oddly good friend you met in passing months ago at the bar and run into every now and then. You hug and smile and feel like you’ve known them for years. It’s a big bowl of Captain Crunch—sweet, filling, but cuts you all up inside.”—TANNER BALLENGEE, author of Sixty Tattoos I Secretly Gave Myself at Work
124 pages // Paperback
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NATHANIEL KENNON PERKINS lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he works as a bookseller and publisher at Trident Press. He is the author of a short story collection, The Way Cities Feel to Us Now (Maudlin House, 2019), a previous novel, Cactus (Trident Press, 2018), and an ongoing literary zine series, Ultimate Gospel. His writing has appeared at TriQuarterly, Noncanon Press, Berfrois, Talking Book, Keep This Bag Away From Children, decomP, Pithead Chapel, Timber Journal, Potluck, Thought Catalog and American West, among other places. In 2014 he was the recipient of the High Country News’s Bell Prize.