BookBar BookClub: Mad Boy

On the second Wednesday of the month, BookBar hosts a BookBar BookClub from 7pm - 9pm! For July we're reading Mad Boy by Nick Arvin AND Nick Arvin is facilitating! Read the book and discuss it with the author! 

About the Book:

Young Henry Phipps has set out to realize his dead mother’s last wish: to be buried at sea, surrounded by her family. Not an easy task considering Henry’s ne’er-do-well father is in debtor’s prison and his comically earnest older brother is busy fighting the Red Coats on the battlefields of Maryland. But Henry’s stubborn determination knows no bounds. As he dodges the cannon fire of clashing armies and picks among the ruins of a burning capital, he meets looters, British defectors, renegade slaves, a pregnant maiden in distress, and scoundrels of all types.

Mad Boy is at once an antic adventure and a thoroughly convincing work of historical fiction that recreates a young nation’s first truly international conflict and a crucial moment in American history. Entertaining, atmospheric, and touching, Mad Boy will transport readers with its cast of vivid characters, its masterful storytelling, and its poignant tale of a young man burdened by an outsized undertaking.

“Surreal at times and brutally realistic at others, this novel is a strange amalgam of As I Lay DyingThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Red Badge of Courage.”—John Gibbs, Green Apple Books, San Francisco

“A unique, endearing and truly marvelous story.”—Sheryl Cotleur, Copperfield’s Books

“Mad Boy’s hero is an unforgettable creation, and his adventures move at the most satisfyingly calibrated speeds. You’ll want to race through the book to see what Henry does or whom or what he encounters next, but you’ll also want to slow down to savor the storytelling magic.”—John Francisconi, Bank Square Books

“Arvin paints a delightfully antic picture of the combat, full of looters, prostitutes, gamblers, and spectators wishing the soldiers would just get on with it. The result is a wartime yarn refreshingly devoid of any moralizing whatsoever, and a rollicking read to boot.”—Danny Caine, Raven Book Store

About the Author:

Nick Arvin’s Articles of War was named one of the best books of the year by Esquire, Detroit Free Press, Rocky Mountain News, and The Independent. It won the Rosenthal Foundation Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Boyd Award, and was selected for the One Book, One Denver reading program. Arvin’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and numerous other periodicals. He lives in Denver.

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 7:00pm