Daniel Gumbiner’s debut novel The Boatbuilder is about Eli “Berg” Koenigsberg, a young man who becomes addicted to opiates after a brain injury leaves him in chronic pain. Ditching San Francisco for northern California, he can’t balance the pain with the painkillers. Eventually he finds catharsis in boatbuilding, complete with a reclusive elderly mentor. It sounds like inspirational hippie nonsense but it’s published by McSweeney’s and apparently good. (Read an excerpt here.) Author Gumbiner, managing editor of The Believer, was himself a boatbuilder’s apprentice, so those parts will at least be factually accurate.
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June 06 2018
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