By Andy Mozina
Matthew Grzbc is a skilled musician who performs the live performance harp. he's a divorced dad who lives in Chicago, has a beautiful female friend, and has a huge, possibly life-changing audition with an orchestra at the horizon. at the least that’s how he seems on paper. yet take a better glance and a really assorted guy begins to emerge: an obsessive, self-sabotaging Midwesterner, fumbling via his dating along with his interestingly neurotic six-year-old daughter and headed for destruction in his romantic lifestyles through greedy at any remotely affectionate hot physique, together with that of his ex-wife. rather than enjoying to sold-out live performance halls, he spends his days plucking out “Send within the Clowns” at resort brunches, and his weekends serenading the captive viewers on the neighborhood hospice.
while his father dies by surprise (while hearing a meditation tape), Matt’s existence starts off to come back untethered. In quickly succession his ex-wife will get engaged, his female friend starts off to tug away, and his daughter begins appearing out. along with his audition swiftly coming near near, Matt is paralyzed via panic—why can’t he carry it jointly and keep on with his dream? And what does that even suggest, if you’re uncertain what it truly is you actually want?
humorous, poignant, and punctiliously enticing, Contrary Motion is a trip deep inside of a male brain because it searches—desperately—for how to stability existence, love, and a harp.
Praise for Contrary Motion
“Mozina’s finely exact, painfully humorous novel is a rollicking functionality that would maintain readers at the fringe of their seats.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Mozina has created a likeable, plausible major personality, one of these man along whom you may simply spend hours dissecting existence over a number of beers. It’s the 1st novel for Mozina, . . . and it’s bound to depart readers inquiring for extra. Mozina’s storytelling is straightforward and funny, taking the stuff of daily life and featuring it in a manner that either entertains and attracts out emotion.”—BookPage
“Standing among world-class harpist Matt Grzbc and his dream, an everlasting place in a most sensible orchestra, is simply approximately every body in his lifestyles. This incredible debut novel zigzags throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods, exploring the obsession a striving artist should have for his craft, as he additionally makes a dwelling and nourishes these close to him, specially his eccentric and precocious six-year-old daughter. Contrary Motion is an excellent story—beautifully written, hilarious, tortured, and full of heavenly music.”—Bonnie Jo Campbell, writer of nationwide booklet Award finalist American Salvage
“Charming . . . The painfully self-aware Matt has a good humorousness, yet his comedian insights don’t aid him a lot as he faces a confounding array of non-public difficulties. . . . The pleasures of [Mozina’s] writing by no means flag.”—Kirkus Reviews
“No portrait of an artist brings alive vulnerability, hilarity, desperation, hipness, absurdity, and painful steadfastness as wonderfully as Andy Mozina’s Contrary Motion. a blinding, unforgettable novel.”—Mark Wisniewski, writer of Watch Me Go
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Contrary Motion: A Novel by Andy Mozina