Lewis Shiner

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Narrated By: Stefan Rudnicki

Duration: 6 hours and 45 minutes

What to expect

Slam is a bright and acerbic depiction of the slacker culture of Texas and a testament to a lost and found generation. Dave stepped out of Bastrop Federal Prison after a six-month stretch for tax evasion and into the home of one Marguerite Johnson, a.k.a. the Old Lady. The Old Lady passed on, leaving her house and her fortune to her twenty-three cats. But the cats need a caretaker—or so he thinks. There are others with an eye on the Johnson estate, and soon Dave is caught up in a whirlwind of anarchists, gold diggers, skateboard punks, lawyers, hackers, and arsonists—a population of dropouts and misfits who will do anything to avoid doing anything.


Fiction: general and literary

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“A clear-eyed journey though a brilliantly observed parcel of the new American weirdness. Funny, moving, and admirably human.”

William Gibson, New York Times bestselling author

“Clear as the lacquer on a skater’s new deck.”

Washington Post

“It takes a laid-back squint at reality and then slips into an alternative groove all its own.”

Boston Sunday Globe

“Light, fast-moving, and hard-edged.”

San Francisco Chronicle

Slam is must reading—an anthem—for IRS parolees who skate. For the rest of us it’s just a quirky joy of a novel, one that happens to be thought provoking.”

Houston Chronicle

“An unqualified delight.”

Publishers Weekly

“Realism, idealism, and fantasy are skillfully interwoven into a novel of personal adjustment and rebellion.”

Library Journal

“A beautifully understated comic nightmare about an ex-con’s misbegotten attempts to tread the straight and narrow outside the slammer…After a series of plot twists worthy of Thomas Pynchon or Joe Orton…Shiner does manage a happy ending as magically unexpected as pulling twenty-three cats out of a hat.”