By Jack Dann
With The insurgent, acclaimed award-winning writer Jack Dann pulls James Dean from the twisted wreckage and gives him a moment probability to make an indelible mark on his paintings, his tradition, and his time in an period of profound switch and devastating social upheaval. Surviving the awful crash that leaves him completely scarred, either bodily and emotionally, the haunted, brooding, and complicated younger famous person unearths himself charged with a sense of accountability to do "something impressive and important." but for Jimmy Dean, the consideration highway might be winding and damaged, suffering from the detritus of exploded goals and destroyed love, because it passes during the holiest cultural websites of postwar twentieth-century the United States -- the genius-and-drug pumped global of the Beats, the secure internal sanctum of Graceland, the darkest shadows of Camelot. The lives and futures of Kerouac, Sinatra, Elvis, and the Kennedys will all be touched through him -- but probably none so deeply because the fragile intercourse goddess who will consistently be his maximum burden and actual soul mate, a blinding and tragically misplaced phenomenon named Marilyn -- as he strikes towards an excellent future that may reconfigure the realm. Ingeniously mixing ancient truth with outstanding invention, The insurgent is a hip, quickly, and enchanting experience in the course of the fifties and sixties -- an unforgettable highway journey throughout a kingdom with an American legend on the wheel.
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Elvis was taken aback. He kneaded the plastic armrests of his chair as if they were soft as dough. ” Elvis’s girlfriend had interrupted Jimmy’s moment of synchronization. There was an edge of anger in her voice, perhaps because she—like Marty— was being left out. Elvis looked down at his shoes again, as if he were suddenly caught out, embarrassed. ” “It’s just lard,” Elvis told Jimmy. “Comes in a can. ” Jimmy asked her. Lizzie shrugged, and Jimmy could tell that whether something had happened on the way or right here right now, this boy wasn’t going to be with this girl for very long.
Jimmy. And it was love at first sight. It didn’t matter that she’d messed up and married asshole Frank Sinatra wannabe Vic Damone. The baby was his, Jimmy’s, Jimmy and Pier’s, and she knew that, she knew that every minute of every day, she knew that when she was screwing that greasy bastard of a husband of hers, she knew that when she was preparing his meals and washing his dishes, but she’d called, called, and everything changed. ” “Are they all gone? ” “I think about you all the time. When I hit that car, and I thought I just bought the farm, I was thinking about you, about—” “Jimmy, I’m sorry, but I gotta go.
The Ford approached the intersection and started making a left across 466 onto 41; there was no left-turn lane. “He’s got to see us. He’ll stop. ” Jimmy lifted his foot from the accelerator; he would only lose control by hitting the brakes hard. He veered to the right to give the other driver enough space for correction. It looked like the Ford was going to accelerate across the road, but the driver obviously panicked and hit the brakes. The car skidded thirty feet over the white median, taking up both lanes of the road.
The Rebel: A Novel by Jack Dann