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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian Sweany Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2013 ISBN: 9781470347369
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Hank Fitzpatrick is your typical man-child stumbling his way through and beyond adolescence in the late 1980s in small-town Indiana. He’s hypersexual, drunk, stoned, prone to fits of spontaneous masturbation, occasionally Catholic, and accidentally well-intentioned. His father casts a perfect shadow over him. His mother is a pill-popping flake. His best friend lives on bourbon and cough syrup. His girlfriend will either break his heart or save his life. And his godfather lingers in the shadows as Hank’s greatest teacher. 

Exotic Music of the Belly Dancer is a comedy. It’s a tragedy. It’s a love story. It’s a subversive yet empathetic, warts-and-all roman à clef rooted in real life that kids will read behind their parents’ backs. Caught in the crossfire of raging hormones, bad decisions and family tragedy, Hank Fitzpatrick is just a boy not yet ready to be a man.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brian Sweany has re-invented the coming of age novel with Exotic Music of the Belly Dancer, a bawdy, unfiltered snapshot of adolescence. Hank Fitzpatrick, the hormonally challenged narrator of the story, has a remarkable capacity to be both nihilistic and tender—think Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas meets Leave It to Beaver—minus the literary pretense and relentless self-awareness of so many other protagonists in the canon.”

    William McKeen, author of Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award, July 2013
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About the Author

Brian Sweany has worked for Recorded Books, one of the world’s largest audiobook publishers, since 1999. He has a BS in English and History from Eastern Michigan University, where he graduated magna cum laude. Brian has spent most of his life in the Midwest and now lives near Indianapolis with his wife, three children, and two rescue dogs.

About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, winner of dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards, is a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration and was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. He has been a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award winner from 2008 through 2013.