Lucky 7: Exley

“Sometimes you have to tell the truth about some of the stuff you’ve done so that people will believe you when you tell them the truth about other stuff you haven’t done.” – Miller Le Ray, the star of Exley 


Laura Ingalls Wilder once said, “A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.” This month’s Lucky 7 batch of e-books are designed to target your funny bone at a price that will keep you smiling – only $1.99 through the end of August. Today we look at one of these books, Brock Clarke’s Exley, the humorous but poignant story of a young man’s attempts to reconnect with his missing father.


For young Miller Le Ray, life has become a search. A search for his dad, who may or may not have joined the army and gone to Iraq. A search for a notorious (and, unfortunately, deceased) writer, Frederick Exley, author of the “fictional memoir” A Fan’s Notes, who may hold the key to bringing Miller’s father back. But most of all, his is a search for truth.

In Exley as in his previous bestselling novel, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, Brock Clarke takes his reader into a world that is both familiar and disorienting, thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining. Told by Miller and Dr. Pahnee, both unreliable narrators, it becomes an exploration of the difference between what we believe to be real and what is in fact real.


Portrait of Frederick Exley by David Levine



“Another literary high-wire performance by a novelist who is establishing himself as a unique voice in contemporary fiction.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review





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