The Way We Get By by Chris Drabick
THE WAY WE GET BY is a novel of triumph over despair. A story of coming home to heal among those we know best.
Set in Flint, Michigan in the late 1990s, this is the story of Drew Nemec, a young man who has returned home despite his best efforts after experiencing heartbreak. At a local bar, Drew finds who he is through the company of others and the confidence he finds in himself.
Publication Date: 3/17/2020
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"In an era when indie rock and the culture it spawned continually recedes from the public consciousness, it's edifying to find a novel like THE WAY WE GET BY -- an instantaneous portal to the people and the fabric of the barroom nineties, adroitly described by an author who seems to understand that world with a depth and insight his characters would always feel obligated to ignore."
-- Chuck Klosterman, author of Downtown Owl
What good is there in being the hippest, smartest, most brokenhearted guy in Flint, Michigan, circa nineteen-ninety-nowhere? Quite a bit, it turns out. In his world-wise debut, Chris Drabick weaves together a rotation of characters stuck inside a dive bar, with a keen eye for 1990s culture, from the Anchor Steam on tap to Stereolab on the jukebox to the new Dolph Lundgren movie at the video store. With a Rust-Belt voice and sneaky-smart craft, The Way We Get By will make you glad you chose this barstool.
--David Giffels, author of Furnishing Eternity and The Hard Way on Purpose