Short and entertaining, “Punk” pushes both the rules of writing and the dominant ideas and expectations of our society. Thrown into the world of punk rock in the early 1990s, this novel follows the intertwining lives of a wandering reject and the people he meets as he learns of his fathers’ unexpected death. It explores themes of social structure and religious indifference through the eyes of this disenfranchised man living from one high to the next. The story takes place over a few hot summer days in Edmonton, Alberta.
This coming-of-age story, although set in the 90's, is still very relevant to today. It explores a quest for God without religion in a style similar to Hunter S. Thompson or Dave Eggers. Written with bursts of stream-of-consciousness and first person narrative, “Punk” is simultaneously an urban existential fiction, a mystery novel, and a modern day western.
“Punk" is set in Edmonton, Alberta and is filled with the realities and trappings of harsh life lessons: mental health, drug addiction, destructive friendships, love interests, and a main character searching for the sublime in a concrete jungle. With a fast paced and gripping narrative, “Punk” will hook readers and get them talking about issues relevant to the world they live in.