Exotic Music of The Belly Dancer by Brian Sweany

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Hank Fitzpatrick’s life is what you might expect from a man-child  stumbling his way through and beyond adolescence in the late 1980s in  small town Indiana: hypersexual, drunk, stoned, prone to fits of  spontaneous masturbation, occasionally Catholic, and accidentally  well-intentioned. His life is in perpetual conflict as he confuses sex  for love, heartache for passion, desperation for honesty, and abuse for  affection.

Caught in the crossfire of raging hormones, bad decisions and family  tragedy, Hank is just a boy not yet ready to be a man. And like many  boys growing up, Hank is desperate to impress his father. The impossibly perfect patriarch of the family, John Fitzpatrick decides at age  forty-two he wants to have a vasectomy reversal. Is Hank ready to be a  brother again at age seventeen? What about his mother’s narcotics and  gimlet-soaked uterus? A child will come of this, but not without  consequences.

Laura is Hank’s first true love. From their stolen nights together as high-school sweethearts to their final encounter as twentysomething  adults, they never figure out how to stop hurting one another. Beth, the girl who loves Hank unconditionally, can only wait for so long before  longing turns to regret. But everything will be okay as long as Hank’s  best friend Hatch is there to help him exorcise his demons with a  half-gallon of bourbon and a bottle of cough syrup.

Exotic Music of the Belly Dancer is more than just a tribute to the  last uninhibited pre-9/11, pre-Facebook generation. It’s a comedy. It’s a tragedy. It’s a love story. It’s a subversive yet empathetic,  warts-and-all portrait rooted in real-life that kids will read behind  their parents’ backs. And if somewhere along the way we can all share in the redemptive power of a belly dancer’s love…well, that’s okay, too.

Briany SweanyAbout Brian:

Since 2000, Brian Sweany has been the Director of Acquisitions for  Recorded Books, one of the world’s largest audiobook publishers. Prior  to that he edited cookbooks and computer manuals and claims to have  saved a major pharmaceutical company from being crippled by the Y2K bug. Brian has a BS in English from Eastern Michigan University, from which  he graduated magna cum laude in 1995. He’s a retired semi-professional  student, with stopovers at Wabash College—the all-male school that  reputedly fired Ezra Pound from its faculty for having sex with a  prostitute, Marian University—the former all-female school founded by  Franciscan nuns that, if you don’t count Brian’s expulsion, has fired no one of consequence and is relatively prostitute-free, and Indiana  University via a high school honors course he has no recollection of  ever attending.

Brian has spent most of his life in the Midwest and now lives near  Indianapolis with his wife, three children, and a neurotic Husky/Border  mix named Hank. He’s currently working on his next project, Making Out  with Blowfish, which is the sequel to Exotic Music of the Belly Dancer  and the second book in a planned trilogy. For future details, check out  the author’s website at : www.briansweany.com

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  1. Reblogged this on Wyndy Dee and commented:
    On my list to read!

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