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East Bay Grease ❮Reading❯ ➳ East Bay Grease ➬ Author Eric Miles Williamson – Thomashillier.co.uk In Eric Miles Williamson s debut novel, young T Bird Murphy seeks to gain a foothold in the turbulent and menacing world of s and s Oakland While his mother runs with Hell s Angel s bikers, T Bird f In Eric Miles Williamson s debut novel, young T Bird Murphy seeks to gain a foothold in the turbulent and menacing world ofs ands Oakland While his mother runs with Hell s Angel s bikers, T Bird falls beneath the men s fists and favors, finds solace and hope in the East Bay Kindle - slightest of rewards, and seeks to survive Soon, his ex con father returns to town, and what follows is a raw, powerful, poetic story of one boy s passage into adulthood.


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  1. The East Bay Review The East Bay Review says:

    Eric Miles Williamson is Oakland through and through not the Oakland of Rockridge hipsters or start up gentrifiers, but the Oakland of Too hort, the Oakland of Sonny Barger, the Oakland of Al Davis The story of T Bird Murphy, a young man growing up poor and white in 1970 s Oakland, East Bay Grease is street level literature at its finest Charles Bukowski by way of Jack London and Zola T Bird suffers through beatings, abandonment, and heartbreak as a child, eventually finding salvation throu Eric Miles Williamson is Oakland through and through not the Oakland of Rockridge hipsters or start up gentrifiers, but the Oakland of Too hort, the Oakland of Sonny Barger, the Oakland of Al Davis The story of T Bird Murphy, a young man growing up poor and white in 1970 s Oakland, East Bay Grease is street level literature at its finest Charles Bukowski by way of Jack London and Zola T Bird suffers through beatings, abandonment, and heartbreak as a child, eventually finding salvation through his love of playing jazz trumpet and the backbreaking labor of laying concrete as a guniter Told in sparse, tough prose, Williamson takes us from T Bird s childhood to his adolescence, to adulthood elegantly and poetically while refusing to shy away from the violence, racism, and desolation of working class life Jack London once famously turned the show don t tell phrase on its head by demanding put it in my hand Williamson not only places T Bird s ugly situation in our hands, he forces us to hold it until we can find all of the beauty hidden within the sadness


  2. Andy Weston Andy Weston says:

    I had been looking forward to reading this for a while, and it certainly didn t disappoint It charts the coming of age of a youngster from a poor and tough neighbourhood of Oakland, a dysfunctional family and a violent background, but endowed with with the family trait of musical talent Amidst the Hells Angels bikers, drifters and Mexican immigrants of the early 1970s, T Bird Murphy s story moves from his childhood to his late teen years, as he develops a vengeful attitude as a protective shie I had been looking forward to reading this for a while, and it certainly didn t disappoint It charts the coming of age of a youngster from a poor and tough neighbourhood of Oakland, a dysfunctional family and a violent background, but endowed with with the family trait of musical talent Amidst the Hells Angels bikers, drifters and Mexican immigrants of the early 1970s, T Bird Murphy s story moves from his childhood to his late teen years, as he develops a vengeful attitude as a protective shield The first half of the novel concerned with T Bird s childhood is particularly strong, perhaps as the dark subject matter has flashes of humour.When in Sixth Grade he and his friend are recognised as having some intellectual prowess That night after Cederick the janitor finished up, we pushed the window to the Principals office and climbed in We discovered we d had IQ tests We remembered taking those tests The tests were stupid They gave us both the same questions One of the questions was, If you lost a quarter in a field of tall grass , how would you go about finding it My answer was, I wouldn t look for it I d take out someone s garbage or mow a lawn or something and get another quarter The lady who tested me told me I had to tell her how I d look for the quarter I told her, I d pay someone a nickel to find it and keep the change.She didn t like that answer either.Hiro s answers were different He told her he d get a metal detector She told him that he had to look for the quarter He said, I d wait until nighttime and sweep a flashlight across the field The quarter would shine The lady told him it was a dirty quarter and he couldn t find it that way And another passage, just to demonstrate how wonderful the writing is, Oakland boys don t dream of Los Angeles we dream of Oregon and Washington, Of Montana, Of Jack Londons s Alaska We dream of heading into the mountains and building cabins with trees we ve chopped down with axes We dream of living off a mythological frontier, the frontier our grandparents found when they came over the Donner Pass in search of gold


  3. Renzo Renzo says:

    I read East Bay Grease in one sitting It s a quick read, a coming of age story about a white guy named T Bird growing up in 1980s Oakland He comes from a family that includes gifted musicians, none of whom were able to fully realize their artistic pathways, for the usual reasons He struggles with typical issues work, money, his youth, and a sense of identity that is challenged on every point by the people in his environment Mexicans, blacks, bikers, and so on There is an emphasis on racial I read East Bay Grease in one sitting It s a quick read, a coming of age story about a white guy named T Bird growing up in 1980s Oakland He comes from a family that includes gifted musicians, none of whom were able to fully realize their artistic pathways, for the usual reasons He struggles with typical issues work, money, his youth, and a sense of identity that is challenged on every point by the people in his environment Mexicans, blacks, bikers, and so on There is an emphasis on racial and class identity here The book got me to thinking about constructed narratives being handed down and promulgated through identity, and how this usually leads to bitter divisions between groups of people who identify with those narratives, but lack the objectivity to question them Never ending circle of humanity.There were no big plot twists and nothing subversive about the story, but the book is well written and worth reading for those who are interested in Bay Area culture


  4. Jack Bullion Jack Bullion says:

    My favorite author, George Singleton, has admitted in interviews that he prefers to write short stories, but because he knows that collections don t sell, he just populates them with the same characters and packages a dozen or so of them as a novel While I love Singleton s writing, his approach strikes me as an incredibly lazy, cynical way to do business, and his last few novels have suffered as a result.Eric Miles Williamson s book, on the other hand, is one of the best novel in stories you My favorite author, George Singleton, has admitted in interviews that he prefers to write short stories, but because he knows that collections don t sell, he just populates them with the same characters and packages a dozen or so of them as a novel While I love Singleton s writing, his approach strikes me as an incredibly lazy, cynical way to do business, and his last few novels have suffered as a result.Eric Miles Williamson s book, on the other hand, is one of the best novel in stories you will ever read, because it s one of the few that actually makes an effort to fashion an actual narrative out of its components I read many of these stories when they first appeared in literary journals, and in many cases, Williamson has made sweeping, crucial changes to them He seems to know,than many authors that attempt this type of work, that stories have a particular set of demands, and so do novels The very fact that he s made the effort to transform one into the other is remarkable, and worth celebrating.And as for the content This book is like its main character, T Bird It will kick your ass and then play modal jazz over your crumpled body


  5. Elly Wendy Elly Wendy says:

    4 Not an easy story to listen to, with so much tough stuff But it pulled me right along I m still shaking my head at some of the scenes, thinking how difficult life is for so many people, and about how I have been so lucky.


  6. L.V. Sage L.V. Sage says:

    I read this book several years ago, but it is still sitting in my bookshelf, along with the classics and the forgotten unknown classics that I like to surround myself with Williamson s gritty tale of a poor white kid trying to survive the daily torments of his condition and upbringing leaves you breathless as you run along with him, hoping for escape or at least a temporary hiding place But T Bird Murphy, our protagonist, has a couple of cards up his sleeve a talent for the trumpet and,I read this book several years ago, but it is still sitting in my bookshelf, along with the classics and the forgotten unknown classics that I like to surround myself with Williamson s gritty tale of a poor white kid trying to survive the daily torments of his condition and upbringing leaves you breathless as you run along with him, hoping for escape or at least a temporary hiding place But T Bird Murphy, our protagonist, has a couple of cards up his sleeve a talent for the trumpet and,importantly, a pretty good brain in his head Life is often hard for so many kids that grow up in the manner in which Murphy does, but to the author s credit, the boy survives on his talent and wit to eventually triumph in some small way, which is sometimes all we can do


  7. Michelle Michelle says:

    The best way I can describe this book is comparing it to the book The Outsiders This book is a remarkable debut novel describing a young man s coming of age amid the biker gangs of Oakland during the late 1960s.The real miracle of his adolescence, however, is not merely that he survives against all odds, but that he flourishes and emerges as an articulate, ambitious man Refreshingly sincere and unaffected, this book provides a fascinating glimpse, from the inside, of a world that is rarely v The best way I can describe this book is comparing it to the book The Outsiders This book is a remarkable debut novel describing a young man s coming of age amid the biker gangs of Oakland during the late 1960s.The real miracle of his adolescence, however, is not merely that he survives against all odds, but that he flourishes and emerges as an articulate, ambitious man Refreshingly sincere and unaffected, this book provides a fascinating glimpse, from the inside, of a world that is rarely visible and a marvelous account of one boy s escape from it


  8. Hosho Hosho says:

    East Bay Grease, Williamson s first book, is gritty and surprising At turns brutal and tender and written crisp prose that brings shooting gunite, playing the trumpet, and growing up in Oakland into sharp focus, the book follows T Bird Murphy growing up rough and largely unsupervised Be it petty crime, or terrific passages about playing in a band, the book surprises, even as it pulls no punches Williamson reads a lot like Don Carpenter a tremendous, relatively unknown talent and I look forw East Bay Grease, Williamson s first book, is gritty and surprising At turns brutal and tender and written crisp prose that brings shooting gunite, playing the trumpet, and growing up in Oakland into sharp focus, the book follows T Bird Murphy growing up rough and largely unsupervised Be it petty crime, or terrific passages about playing in a band, the book surprises, even as it pulls no punches Williamson reads a lot like Don Carpenter a tremendous, relatively unknown talent and I look forward to readingfrom him


  9. Mark Farley Mark Farley says:

    This is a menacing and hard nosed story of true grit about a young kid growing up in Oakland, San Francisco s unruly cousin, just north of the trust fund hippy town of Berkeley Hookers, Hells Angels and drunks are the young T Bird s best friends in an unforgiving environment and tough world in which he strives to get out and start a new life in sunnier and easier climbs Gritty, authentic language and action not for the closeminded.


  10. Jacob Jacob says:

    EMW was my english professor at UCM years ago He was an interesting teacher Although it s marked fiction, this book chronicles his youth in Oakland during the height of the Hell s Angels popularity Most of the stories in it are close to the truth though I get the feeling some may be embellished Lots of drugs and some sexual content An easy read.


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