Checker and the Derailleurs (Contemporary American Fiction) by Lionel Shriver

By Lionel Shriver

Attractive and charismatic, nineteen-year-old Checker Secretti is the main talented and unique drummer that the club-goers of Astoria, Queens, have ever heard. whilst he performs, conundrums appear to resolve themselves, remarkable recommendations come to mind, and fall in love. The participants of his band, The Derailleurs, are passionately dedicated to their guiding spirit, as are all who fall below Checker’s spell. but if one other drummer, Eaton Striker, hears the prodigy play, he's pulled inexorably into Checker’s orbit by way of a robust mix of envy and admiration. quickly The Derailleurs, too, are torn aside by way of latent jealousies that Eaton does his utmost to convey alive. “A bittersweet, sleek, poetic, but clear-sighted vision....A story approximately strong and evil, and concerning the promise and soreness of being nineteen.” – Cleveland simple broker “More compelling even than the plot turns are Shriver’s insights into human nature....Checker and The Derailleurs, like its beguiling protagonist, is tough to forget.” – humans

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She was tall, which always unnerved Rahim in women. She wore a long industrial apron and dark glasses that flashed yellow when they caught the light. Her hair was tied back carelessly, but most of it was escaping. Cut jaggedly in different lengths, it was the hair that made this figure so amazing. Thick and wild, it raged from her head like black flames. Rahim felt he was witnessing some satanic worship service, with a lean, terrible shaman prodding a dangerous god. While he told himself she was only a woman, Rahim felt even at first glance that this one demanded a whole other word.

Rad twisted a little. During the performance he’d been nodding his head and tapping the table with the heel of his beer. “Bang, bang. Another local band. They’ll be gone soon. ” Eaton surveyed his compatriots in silence. All three of them were nervous and weren’t sure why. “So you three”—Eaton rolled the ice around his glass—“think he sucks? ” They shuffled and nodded. ” they asked in unison. “The man is brilliant. Steve Gadd raised to a goddamned power. ” “But you said technically he’s a mess—” “Unorthodox.

They’ll be gone soon. ” Eaton surveyed his compatriots in silence. All three of them were nervous and weren’t sure why. “So you three”—Eaton rolled the ice around his glass—“think he sucks? ” They shuffled and nodded. ” they asked in unison. “The man is brilliant. Steve Gadd raised to a goddamned power. ” “But you said technically he’s a mess—” “Unorthodox. May not have much training. All the more impressive, then. ” Eaton’s three henchmen were staring at their friend as if he’d just announced he was giving up rock and roll for polka music.

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