Someone Should Pay for Your Pain

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Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
Gibson House Press
Publish Date
Pages
236
Dimensions
5.9 X 9.2 X 0.8 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781948721134

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About the Author

Franz Nicolay is a musician and writer, a member of The Hold Steady and other projects. His first book, The Humorless Ladies of Border Control: Touring the Punk Underground from Belgrade to Ulaanbaatar, was named a "Season's Best Travel Book" by the New York Times. Someone Should Pay for Your Pain is his first novel. He lives in in California's East Bay.

Reviews

"[A] tight-fisted gut punch of a novel, weaving a road-weary world with a lyricist's skill for evocation, emotion, and economy. . . . A knockout fiction debut from a longtime troubadour." --Alex Houston, the Seminary Co-op, in "42 Great Books To Read This Spring, Recommended By Our Favorite Indie Booksellers," BuzzFeed News
"Through the blur of indifferent audiences and counterfeit drink tickets, Rudy becomes the de facto guardian of his crust punk niece and is forced to reckon with his broken relationship with a famous former protégé--a career-defining falling out where the holier-than-thou Pauver has always cast himself as the victim, though the truth is far more muddy. . . . Nicolay's pitch-perfect observations make his story intriguing and all too true, zooming by like trees on the side of the highway."--Chris L. Terry, Razorcake 3/17/21
"I love this for novel for its sensitivity to the tenderness and absurdity of human after human, city after city, year after year. Someone Should Pay for Your Pain is a marvel, and when I finished it, my first emotion was to return to the opening pages and read it all over again." -- Rivka Galchen
"If you've been waiting for the great rock and roll novel look no further. Franz Nicolay's Someone Should Pay for Your Pain smashes Don Delillo's Great Jones Street against a chaste Lolita. Nicolay's book focuses on the illusion of stardom and the reality that most musicians play mainly in dingy clubs to sparse if passionate fans. Rudy, the book's hero, lays down insights into art making as well as the wide variety of hangovers all the while moving fitfully toward a great dilation of care. -- Darcey Steinke
"Wise, brutal and funny, Someone Should Pay for Your Pain is a bruising and beautiful glimpse of the endless tour of broken dreams some of us call life. But as Franz Nicolay shows in this stunning fiction debut, there is still hope. You just might have to fight yourself for it." -- Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask and Hark.
"Franz Nicolay's poetic takedown of a musician's extended adolescence goes down smoother than a drink ticket beer. Read it before you get in the van." -- Chris L. Terry, author of the novels Black Card and Zero Fade
"Rudy Pauver is a middle-aged musician with mid-level talent, still out there on the road, still grinding, still trying, but he's not quite sure why. In this beautifully and brutally honest novel, Franz Nicolay challenges our romantic notions of freedom and the working artist's life. He crafts a story that any reader, mired in the daily disappointments of what their life was supposed to have been, can embrace." -- Cari Luna, author of The Revolution of Every Day
"Someone Should Pay for Your Pain is a poignant and powerfully honest meditation on aging, art-making, and failure. With a sharp ear and an unsparing eye, Franz Nicolay has reinvented the road novel, stripping it of wide-eyed, Kerouac-ian grandeur to expose the frozen landscapes--both external and internal--that are part and parcel of a rootless existence. It's a book that will haunt me for a long time to come." -- Adam Wilson, author of Sensation Machines
"Nicolay's ear goes beyond music. There is confidence and grace in these pages, characters that feel pulled from daily life, none of their rough edges sanded down. A debut novel not just for artists, but anyone who's ever felt like they've grown up and distorted, uncomfortable moving through the world." --Jean Kyoung Frazier, author of Pizza Girl
"The life of an artist is really about giving. That's especially so for the musician. You give all of yourself to your art and it's likely you won't get much back in return. It's a tough world, but few can write about it as beautifully as Franz Nicolay. With Someone Should Pay for Your Pain, Nicolay gives us the sort of fully-realized, there's no going back kind of story that's hauntingly reminiscent of Denis Johnson, but filtered through the lens of somebody who has actually gotten in the van." -- Jason Diamond, author of Searching for John Hughes and The Sprawl
"If you've been waiting for the great rock and roll novel look no further. Franz Nicolay's Someone Should Pay for Your Pain smashes Don Delillo's Great Jones Street against a chaste Lolita. Nicolay's book focuses on the illusion of stardom and the reality that most musicians play mainly in dingy clubs to sparse if passionate fans. Rudy, the book's hero, lays down insights into art making as well as the wide variety of hangovers all the while moving fitfully toward a great dilation of care." --Darcey Steinke, Author of Easter Everywhere, and Suicide Blonde
"Wise, brutal and funny, Someone Should Pay for Your Pain is a bruising and beautiful glimpse of the endless tour of broken dreams some of us call life. But as Franz Nicolay shows in this stunning fiction debut, there is still hope. You just might have to fight yourself for it." --Sam Lipsyte, Author of the story collections Venus Drive

"Franz Nicolay's poetic takedown of a musician's extended adolescence goes down smoother than a drink ticket beer. Read it before you get in the van." --Chris L. Terry, Author of Black Card and Zero Fade


"Rudy Pauver is a middle-aged musician with mid-level talent, still out there on the road, still grinding, still trying, but he's not quite sure why. In this beautifully and brutally honest novel, Franz Nicolay challenges our romantic notions of freedom and the working artist's life. He crafts a story that any reader, mired in the daily disappointments of what their life was supposed to have been, can embrace." --Cari Luna, Author of The Revolution of Every Day
"Someone Should Pay for Your Pain is a poignant and powerfully honest meditation on aging, art-making, and failure. With a sharp ear and an unsparing eye, Franz Nicolay has reinvented the road novel, stripping it of wide-eyed, Kerouac-ian grandeur to expose the frozen landscapes--both external and internal--that are part and parcel of a rootless existence. It's a book that will haunt me for a long time to come." --Adam Wilson, Author of of Sensation Machines
"Nicolay's ear goes beyond music. There is confidence and grace in these pages, characters that feel pulled from daily life, none of their rough edges sanded down. A debut novel not just for artists, but anyone who's ever felt like they've grown up and distorted, uncomfortable moving through the world." --Jean Kyoung Frazier, Author of Pizza Girl
"The life of an artist is really about giving. That's especially so for the musician. You give all of yourself to your art and it's likely you won't get much back in return. It's a tough world, but few can write about it as beautifully as Franz Nicolay. With Should Pay for Your Pain, Nicolay gives us the sort of fully-realized, there's no going back kind of story that's hauntingly reminiscent of Denis Johnson, but filtered through the lens of somebody who has actually gotten in the van." --Jason Diamond, author of Searching for John Hughes and The Sprawl
"I love this for novel for its sensitivity to the tenderness and absurdity of human after human, city after city, year after year. Someone Should Pay for Your Pain is a marvel, and when I finished it, my first emotion was to return to the opening pages and read it all over again." --Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances