The Escapist


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Global City
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5.08 X 7.8 X 0.7 inches | 0.67 pounds
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About the Author

David Puretz is the Editorial Director at Global City, an independent press that publishes the literary and cultural journal Global City Review, and a growing list of other books and anthologies. As Editorial Director, he oversaw the relaunch of the journal and the publication of the newest online and print journal issue, Legacies. Puretz is also the creator and founder of burly bird zine. He teaches writing at Yeshiva University in New York City, where he currently resides. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York, CUNY. The Escapist is his debut novel.


"Sizzling, a brilliant work of imagination...unflinching in its depiction of our culture and political moment...with the relevance and pace of Kerouac's On the Road and the psychological brutality of Golding's Lord of the Flies."
- Michelle Yasmine Valladares, MFA Program Director at The City College of New York, author of Nortada, The North Wind, and the AMERICAS Poetry Festival's Poet of the Year.

"A perfect time in our country for the return of the anti-hero. So many young men begin an odyssey into adulthood only to find that the past, usually in the form of a father, is both the catalyst forward and the keeper of a locked gate to the future. The goal becomes not salvation but survival. David Puretz's debut novel alternates between life's realistic blows and a hallucinatory journey that may be his only route to selfhood."
- Linsey Abrams, author of Our History in New York, Double Vision, and Charting by the Stars.

"Author David Puretz has created a highly literary and poignant work that tells many tales through its single-character narrative... The Escapist is an accomplished work worthy of great praise, both for its excellent writing style and its apt perspective on our current sociopolitical time."
-- Readers' Favorite 5-Star Review

"Crisp, clear, and electrically charged, The Escapist is a burst of much needed vitality blowing through the miasma of late capitalism's nihilism and hypocrisy."
-- Brendan Kiely, New York Times bestselling author of Tradition

"The Escapist is a fast-paced novel about the miserable American road trip, sleeping outside of diners, failing to connect with hostile strangers and family members alike, and missing natural beauty for the chemical sunrise at the bottom of a pill bottle. Raising complicated questions about the nature of control, and drawing bold lines between state violence, family trauma, and self abuse, David Puretz has crafted a gut punch of a road novel for anyone who ever wondered what drove Hunter S. Thompson to drugs, and made Jack Kerouac want to leave it all behind for a dotted highway line."
- Chris L. Terry, author of the novels Black Card and Zero Fade