Adam Gnade's second novel, Caveworld, is a howl of desperation as its characters fight to find love and meaning in a society with which they feel out of step. Richly encyclopedic and set in the twin border towns of Tijuana and San Diego, the book tells two love stories separated by a gulf of twenty years. Caveworld is made up of the various events (both subtle and seismic) that change lives in an instant.
Gnade covers a lot of ground: sex and pervasive loneliness in teenage bedrooms, life-shaping horror in the Vietnam jungle, birth, school, work, marriage, depression, crime, murder, mood-flushed road trips crossing the continent, exile (whether on Mexican rooftop or country estate), and living rooms smoky with the sad and oft-times devastating absurdity of "sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll." Equally influenced by Joan Didion's West Coast storytelling, Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County, and James Joyce's early examinations of place, Gnade's Caveworld is an epic, sprawling saga of American life.
"Caveworld is weird and funny and melancholy and true in the ways all good books are. With a dizzy-eyed, full-hearted trip from Queens to San Diego to god knows where, Gnade reminds you what it feels like to be alive. For better and worse." - Erik Henrikson, The Portland Mercury
"...this book Caveworld is amazing, it’s kinda like a modern day, punk rock, John Steinbeck East of Eden. Which I love. I highly recommend it." - Nick Buxton
"A milestone. What Kerouac's On the Road must've felt like to people receptive to its message when it was first published, and, odder still, a book that feels long overdue." - Christopher Snyder
Caveworld by Adam Gnade (used)
Pioneers Press 2013
Used paperback in like new condition