Grab a pack of KOOLs, rev up the Camaro, and tune in Stairway to Heaven - you're daytripping back to 1973. That's the summer Eddie Sacks, having flunked out of college, is driving a cab and trying to figure out exactly who and what he wants to be. The only place he finds common ground with his Nixon-loving, cigar-puffing dad (a.k.a. the Captain) is at Belmont Park, where Secretariat makes his historic bid for the Triple Crown.
Into the mix throw the Captain's brother Gene, of the Qiana shirts and rabid sexual imagination, and Gene's sultry daughter, the aptly named Randi. Meanwhile, paralyzing decisions loom, until the moment when Eddie is forced to take the measure of the father he fears and the uncle he pities, and finally define himself.
"Set in the era of Woodstock and Watergate, Marshall Messer's novel is a classic exploration of youth - its yearning, confusion, and desire for freedom. The language is precise, the voice honest and indelible. Reading Change at Jamaica is like listening to an old friend telling an intimate story with the wisdom of insight. This book is funny and sad and moving and I loved every page." (Chris Offutt, author of Out of the Woods and Kentucky Straight)
"Not only can Messer write like a charm, but he also takes on the double duty of narrator in the audiobook, wonderfully inhabiting every part and taking you back to a city that was once far crazier and far more interesting. A true exacta win." (David Gilbert, author of And Sons, The Normals, and Remote Feed)
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