“He’s an amazing writer, by the way–sort of Jim Carroll meets Hunter S. Thompson meets Don Delillo…” – Sara Jayne Crow, Stray Poodle Media
In the wake of a tragic accident, Richard, a 26 year old raft guide, comes to San Francisco searching for a way to move his life forward. A chance dive bar encounter launches him on a journey across the city and into a world of contradiction filled with Dolores Park hipsters and start-up ambition where everyone’s got a different answer. Struggling to make sense of the chaos and find his own path, he uses the wisdom of the river to forge a personal rite of passage on San Francisco’s sidewalks, culminating in a wave of self-realization amidst the free-for-all of Bay to Breakers.
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James evokes the essence of the real San Francisco as the backdrop for a raw, fresh take on the timeless process of becoming yourself. His vivid descriptions capture a snapshot of this unique moment at the beginning of the twenty-first century where the foundations of the American dream crumble around the boom of the start-up economy and the enduring free spirit of San Francisco.
Hear me read an excerpt from chapter 3:
“Scott was always able to think outside the box and make people think about the world around them… he always got people to think about their purpose. Every Tuesday night he used to put on what was called the “Scott James Radio Hour.” It was nothing more than Scott playing music and reciting poetry for his friends. There was no broadcast but Scott was getting his message to the people. A message that united people and formed great friendships. In this project he is still bringing people together and spreading his message. I strongly suggest that you check out his novel…” – Josh Dritz, Friend of mine, proud father to his son, and general badass