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Heavy Metal
Andrew Bourelle

Autumn House
2017 • 192 pp. 6 x 9"
Fiction & Literature / Literary Fiction

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-938769-19-1
$9.99 Ebook, 978-1-938769-24-5

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"...while Heavy Metal deals with many dark subjects, it's also a story about brothers, bonds, first loves and even hope. All of these themes add up to a brilliant story that is both entertaining and captivating."—Matt Bayman, My Miami County

The debut literary novel of Andrew Bourelle, winner of the 2016 Autumn House Press Fiction Contest

Andrew Bourelle’s novel, Heavy Metal, gives us a glimpse into the life of Danny, a teenager who seeks peace and stability after the suicide of his mother.

Reviews / Endorsements

"Nearly everything I want in a novel, I found in Heavy Metal: scumbag teenagers, ’80s rock, Taco Bell (so much shit goes down at the Taco Bell). But what I like most about it is the way Bourelle leans into metal’s essential uncoolness. The main characters are dorky. They smoke and chug beer, but they spend most of their free time mixing Jell-O and ketchup into milk and daring each other to drink it, smashing up already smashed-up cars at the junkyard, and playing Judas Priest deep cuts during dates. Bourelle couples this refusal to glamorize with a tenderness for his characters. Even when they are at their worst, he asks you to love them. And it’s hard not to."—Emily Nagin, Fiction Writers Review

"Reading this novel awakened a painful nostalgia that made me pucker like I'd just bitten into a fresh square of grape-flavored Hubba Bubba. Imagine a John Hughes film colliding with S.E. Hinton's THE OUTSIDERS and then paint that image just a shade or two darker." —Anne Weyer, Mid-American Review

“A real gut-punch of a novel, Heavy Metal sings with energy and beauty and honest abandon about grief and hope and trying to find one’s balance in an unsteady world.”—William Lychack, judge for the 2016 Autumn House Press Fiction Contest and author of The Architect of Flowers

“In Heavy Metal, the desire for vengeance fuels a conflict between high school rivals that forces the protagonist, Danny, to decide between perpetuating brutality and dying or ending it and living. What I loved most, though, were the unexpected moments of searing insight into the hearts, minds, and souls of characters one might otherwise dismiss, leaving them to their grim existential outlooks without ever hearing the poetry of the music whose banner they fly. As suspenseful as it is intelligent and as cinematic as it is lyrical, Bourelle's first novel is a landmark achievement and, once started, impossible to put down.”—Daniel Mueller, author of How Animals Mate and Nights I Dreamed of Hubert Humphrey

“Andrew Bourelle's first novel grabs you by the throat from the first sentence and drags you deep into a vividly imagined world. The milieu is working class, 1980's hard-luck America, where Headbangers Ball is playing on MTV and the kids aren't all right at all. Heavy Metal is an intense, suspenseful, and moving novel that gives due respect to lives that are mostly ignored. Heavy, indeed—and unforgettable.”—Dan Chaon, author of Ill Will and Await Your Reply

Heavy Metal is a brilliant debut novel, at once an incisive, complex character study of damaged youth and a ferociously exciting page-turner. Andrew Bourelle knows that suspense is created not only by a loaded gun, but by the fears of the person holding it. He's written one of the best novels I've read in a long time.”—Christopher Coake, author of We're in Trouble and You Came Back

ANDREW BOURELLE’S novel, Heavy Metal, was the winner of the 2016 Autumn House Press Fiction Contest. Bourelle has published numerous short stories in literary magazines and fiction anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories. He teaches writing at the University of New Mexico.

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