* Book Launch: Brent Terry, The Body Electric
River Bend is proud to welcome Brent Terry for the launch of his first novel, The Body Electric. The launch will take place on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00pm.
About the Book
Thomas Finnegan "Finn" McGuinn has it all: an adoring wife, loyal friends, a childhood bestie named Beannie, year round sunshine, a car that starts, an absolutely bitchin' record collection, a mountain bike, soft trails to run on, and a community that delivers. But when a thunderstorm blows his life apart, he finds himself with a life-threatening compulsion and an affliction that prevents him from physical contact with others.
Told across multiple timelines from theperspectives of various characters, the reader encounters runners, painters, polyamorous pastry chefs and lesbian punk rockers who populate the lives of our lovers, creating a kaleidoscopic world Finn longs to reenter. The Body Electric tells the story of glorious young love, the cruelty of fate, of a psyche dealing with catastrophic loss in mystifying ways. It shows how lightning, in the form of random encounters, can strike twice, and perhaps reanimate a character who has become more lifelike than truly alive.
About the Author
Brent Terry has been an elementary school teacher, coach, running store manager and semi-elite runner. His poetry has won several awards and his poems, stories, reviews and journalism have appeared in many periodicals. He is the author of three collections of poetry and hundreds of unused band names. He has more pairs of running shoes than small beaches have grains of sand, and his love of Dr. Pepper is legendary. Terry lives in Connecticut, where he teaches creative writing and literature at Eastern Connecticut State University. This is his first novel.