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It's 2011 in America, the Iraq War is coming to a close, and the Occupy Wall Street movement has been gaining steam. And at twenty-one years of age, Billy Chute is sitting in the breakdown lane on the side of the highway in his '98 Altima with his drugs in the cooler on the passenger sear floor, in the midst of escaping yet another stale reality. Still high on an opioid ...more
Paperback, 243 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Global City Press
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Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Although, I don't think this book will be for everyone this was a great story that I enjoyed. It will make you want to keep those you love near you and the mental health issues were done very well. I loved the characters and the story and I will come back to read this one again.


Go Into This One Knowing: Mental Health, LGBT Themes
Marissa DeCuir
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
David Puretz crafts a captivating narrative that takes your breath away. The themes of abuse and family dysfunction make you reflect on your own life and remind you to value those close to you. There are LGBTQ themes as well which was really nice to see within a literary fiction novel.
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Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Escapist tastefully weaves topics like substance abuse, family dysfunction, and sexuality into a narrative framework that truly makes you think. I loved the focus on escape throughout the novel and though that it was super relatable for the world that we are living in today where we do everything not to face our problems. This was a very enjoyable read.
Hannah
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely phenomenal and talented debut. I was blown away with how Puretz handled the nuances of addiction and mental health, and I felt so connected to Billy and his journey throughout the entire book. This is one that stands out of the crowd, and I highly recommend picking it up!
Emily Wieman
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Wow! Such an amazing literary fiction piece with absolutely captivating narration. A beautiful encapsulation of turning to writing as a means of escape both mental health and societal issues. Will be reading again.
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Feb 12, 2020 marked it as to-read
Very solid and talented story teller. This has Drama (cap D) deals with pretty serious issues very skillfully. It's also a bit a "thinker". Recommended.

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David Puretz is the Editorial Director at Global City, an independent press that publishes the literary and cultural journal Global City Review, and a growing list of other books and anthologies, including his own. As Editorial Director, he oversaw the relaunch of the journal and the publication of the newest online and print journal issue, Legacies. He is also the creator and founder of burly ...more
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