A Perfect Blindness—a Novel

A Perfect Blindness


        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 “smartly written and 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 to 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.

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[…] smartly written and sharply atmospheric— a worthy […] addition to the literature of rock n’ roll’s agony and ecstasy.

—Blue Ink 

[…] packed with references to the streets of Chicago, popular and underground music, and an insider’s knowledge of the technical side of the life of a musician.

—Forward Clarion Reviews 

[…] Hunt successfully conjures the story’s time and a place in masterful detail.

—Kirkus Reviews 

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Critics continue:

Littered with cigarette butts, vodka bottles, and a dead body, A Perfect Blindness is a grunge rock fantasy. With its operatic sense of drama, it is an escape story ideal for those who still live out their rock star dreams whenever they close their eyes.

—Forward Clarion Reviews (read the complete review here>>>)

Hunt writes in a dense, passionate prose that strives to enliven everything it touches.

An expansive historical novel that ably evokes its time and place.

—Kirkus Reviews (read the complete review here>>>)

This vivid look at Chicago’s delusion-driven electro-industrial music scene in the late 1980s showcases W. Lance Hunt’s gift for capturing the era’s often foolish dreams and grungy realities.

As the band rises on a fusion of euro-club danceability tinged with post-punk attitude, Hunt’s tireless, Jagermeister-fueled nightcrawlers give us a complete tour of North Side rock clubs in the ’80s—and of their own failings.

The triple view works well here, particularly as the characters’ dark secrets and motives become apparent.

Only Jennifer seems to grasp the friends’ common crisis of identity. “Who we really are hangs someplace between all the stories, suspended in the contradictions.”

—Blue Ink (read the complete review here>>>)

“Then turn me into a song. Or three. Preserve me. Preserve us.” These words would soon change everything. For all of us.

Amazon Readers give it

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This is a human adventure with all the elements of a great read.  (Read full comments here >>>>)

If you enjoyed Less than Zero and Rules of Attraction (Read full comments here >>>>)

Because we’re all misunderstood characters in the stories other people tell themselves.

For the Music Featured in the Novel, available on Spotify and YouTube, click here.

Available  in 6×9 perfect bound Softcover and as ebooks for Kindle, iPad & Nook (424 pages) below

For a taste of the “masterful detail” and a tour of clubs and bars from the late 80s early 90s, start of  here:

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