Tragic Age is a brilliant, debut coming-of-age
novel about a misanthropic young man learning to love, trust, and truly be
alive in an absurd world.
This is the story of Billy Kinsey, heir to a lottery
fortune, part genius, part philosopher and social critic, full-time insomniac,
and closeted rock drummer. Billy has decided that the best way to deal with an
absurd world is to stay away from it. Do
not volunteer. Do not join in. Billy will be the first to tell you it
doesn’t always work—not when your twin sister, Dorie, has died, not when your
unhappy parents are at war with one another, not when frazzled soccer moms in
two-ton SUVs are more dangerous than atom bombs, and not when your guidance
counselor keeps asking why you haven’t applied to college.
Billy’s life changes when two people enter it.
Twom Twomey is a charismatic renegade who believes that truly living means
going a little outlaw. Twom and Billy become each other’s benefactor
and friend. At the same time, Billy is reintroduced to Gretchen Quinn, an old
and adored friend of Dorie’s. It is Gretchen who suggests to Billy that the
world can be transformed by
acts of the soul.
With Twom, Billy visits the dark side. And with
Gretchen, Billy experiences possibilities.
He knows that one path is leading him toward
disaster and the other toward happiness. The problem is, Billy doesn’t trust
happiness. It’s the age he’s at—the tragic age. Download and start listening now!