After Wayne Fencer, a recent film school grad, attends his ex-girlfriend's funeral, he struggles to come to terms with her suicide and the startling news that she was pregnant with his child. Desperate to understand and haunted by regret, Wayne begins a journey that takes him up and down the East Coast (on foot) and across the American West (in an RV), finally arriving at the Costco Soulmate Trading Outpost in the middle of the Black Rock Desert. Along the way, Wayne's journey becomes a series of meditations on modern life, drawing on everything from the ancient philosophy of Siddhartha Gautama to a visit with Gregorio Fuentes, Hemingway's fishing guide and inspiration for The Old Man and the Sea.
A dazzling exploration of love, death, escape, home, and maturation set in the era of information overload, Attention. Deficit. Disorder. is highly original and exhibits an unforgettable voice that is Listi's alone.
Brad Listi was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his BFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his MFA from the University of Southern California. He teaches English and creative writing at Santa Monica College. Please visit him at www.bradlisti.com and www.myspace.com/bradlisti.
"Quirky, evocative, and clever...something genuinely different and defiantly genuine.... A perfect book." -- Jim Carroll
"In his graceful debut novel, Brad Listi evokes a portrait of grief that is weird and true. At once an adventure and a deep character study, Attention. Deficit. Disorder. is a book you'll want to share." -- Owen King, author of We're All in This Together
"It's not easy writing lightly about heavy things, but Brad Listi makes it look effortless.... Attention. Deficit. Disorder. is a wild American picaresque." -- Stewart O'Nan, author of The Good Wife