Car Trouble


Product Details

Harper Perennial
Publish Date
5.3 X 7.9 X 1.1 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Robert Rorke was born and raised and lives in Brooklyn. He is a TV editor at the New York Post who has also previously written for Publishers Weekly, TV Guide, Los Angeles Times, and Seventeen. He received his MFA from Warren Wilson College and his MA in English from Stanford University.


"Car Trouble was such a pleasure to read! [Rorke] has managed to create a character in Patrick Flynn who is nuanced and complicated, a man who is by turns savage and kind, vengeful and worried, vain and defeated but also striving and proud. Bravo! This is a coming of age story, but it is also so much more than that." -- Dominic Smith, New York Times Bestselling author of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

"What readers learn in Rorke's moving, bittersweet story is that hard realizations are often necessary on the road to discovering one's true self." -- Kirkus Reviews

"With a vividly realized setting--Brooklyn in the 1970s the story is sharply written, inviting deep empathy from readers, who will find universal truths in this compelling tale of a single family." -- Booklist

"A poignant coming-of-age story....Much like Colm Tóibín's Brooklyn, Car Trouble is an impressive novel that captures the essence of an era without fanfare or sacrificing the craftsmanship of a good story. It is refreshing, cathartic, and thoroughly readable." -- Paperback Paris

"Longtime columnist for the New York Post, amongst other publications, Robert Rorke's first novel, Car Trouble, allows him ample space to display his strong skills as an author. The Brooklyn native pays tribute to his home borough's changing landscape, architecturally and racially, in this coming-of-age novel that is easily relatable to readers young and old." -- Irish American Magazine