On a recent trip to Chicago, I was interviewed by Moresby Press writer Greg Beaubien. He asked several great questions, which lead to the following conversation:
The Cost of Ambition and Deceiving Ourselves: Author W. Lance Hunt Discusses His Novel A Perfect Blindness
As part of the never-ending campaign to help readers who would enjoy reading A Perfect Blindness find it, I’ve spent a lot of time over the past 3 weeks working on headlines, hooks and one-liners: those bits of short copy that entice someone with far too little time to spend a bit of it, reading a little more. Such like as the first line in a book description, or the bit of text in an advert, that little string of words that a reader glances at before deciding—”oh, that sounds promising” and then clicks on whatever to find out more.
In the case of A Perfect Blindness, this is the copy that will be found in the book (product) description on Amazon, iBook, & Barnes and Noble.
Not long ago, I updated what can be found online after realized that even I wasn’t excited reading it. What’s up now was that baby step to repair a wrecked launch. What will be up next week will be a leap forward.
So I ask you, would you read or recommend this book:
Jonathan has the talent. Scott has the drive. They’ve put it all on the line for their band. Now they discover the true price of everything they’ve had to sacrifice.
At the beginning of this striking novel, two longtime friends face the crushing realization that the fame and freedom they’ve been chasing for years might be nothing but a fantasy. Then on an unplanned trip to Chicago with its vibrant music scene, they abruptly abandon everything for that city and one last shot at making it.
In Hunt’s hands, this “sharply atmospheric” tale of struggling to matter and escape anonymity becomes something far greater: a dazzling dive into our deeply human need to connect with another person. The story first swings between Jonathan’s voice, whose world is full of passion, opportunity—and near impossible choices—and Scott’s voice, whose world turns on power, control—and avoiding his role in a close friend’s death. Soon joining this duet, Jennifer’s voice brings a world steeped in the imagery of TV, films and magazine advertising.
No other writer working today moves as effortlessly between such startlingly different points of view. Harnessing their contradictions, Hunt is finally able to demand answers to the questions of how it’s possible to create anything of beauty or even love when we are all just the misunderstood characters in the stories other people tell themselves.
As Jonathan, Scott, and Jennifer each struggle to find a personal answer to these questions, late 80s Chicago is resurrected in “masterful detail” and a band that readers will wish had existed comes vividly to life. In the end, it’s hopeful, tragic, and triumphant in turn, ultimately claiming its place as “a worthy […] addition to the literature of rock n’ roll’s agony and ecstasy”.
If you liked Ellis’s Rules of Attraction or Rushdie’s The Ground Beneath Her Feet or just always wanted to play “live on stage, ” you’ll love this passionate ode to friendship, love, and the need to create.
Get A Perfect Blindness today and experience the madness and joy of rock’n’roll dreams.
This strikes much closer to what the book is really about: being a human trying to find some sort of connection, when who we really are hangs someplace between the stories, suspended in the contradictions.