Parade by Michael Graves
“With boyish exuberance and sparkling dialogue, Michael Graves delivers a deliciously queer tale that’s part coming of age and part buddy flick. Elmer’s and Reggie’s adventures in their search for home is full of surprises.”
– Christopher Castellani –
Author of Leading Men and All This Talk of Love
“Michael Graves’ Parade is a tipsy Southern gothic with a Northern accent, featuring a classic array of characters. Graves has a knack for captivating dialogue, and his ease with comedy and drama, sometimes in the same scene, earns this literary road-movie-in-a-limo-spectacle a well-deserved confetti and ticker tape shower.”
– Gregg Shapiro –
Author of How to Whistle: Stories – Expanded Edition
“Parade is a wild ride of self-discovery, featuring a hugely diverse cast of likeable misfits and oddballs. Michael Graves sketches the human experience with an unflinching eye and real heart. A vibrant coming-of-age tale pulsing with raw humanity.”
– Tomas Marcantonio –
Author of This Ragged, Wastrel Thing
“Parade is unapologetically brilliant, told with a dark, raw and refreshing lyricism that makes for a totally beguiling tale, a story that Truman Capote or Hubert Selby Jr would be proud of penning.”
– Ross Jeffery –
Author of Juniper and Tethered
“Parade is one jigger Capote’s Answered Prayers, a jigger of Tennessee Williams’s story ‘Two on a Party,’ and a generous pour of Michael Graves’s tenderly transgressive yet never abrasive tonic of satire and sweetness, all of it going down bracingly, not bitter. It is a story of callow youth contrasted with the tough and ultimately ruefully true choices that adulthood tries to force us into. In the author’s hands the narrative of rite of passage and religious hypocrisy goes down unsettlingly, which is the mark of the mixer’s skilful hand.”
– Michael Carroll –
Author of STELLA MARIS: And Other Key West Stories and Little Reef and other Stories
“Like the Beat Generation writers before him, or Hunter S Thompson’s ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’, Graves uses a fresh, contemporary, and stylistically original voice to offer darkly comic, satirical perspectives on the false gods of the Great American Dream: celebrity, religion, government, and excessive consumption. But, in the final analysis, Parade’s main preoccupation is the question of who we love, what we love, and why: a theme he explores with joy, humanity, hope, and humour.”
– Sian Hughes –
Author of Pain Sluts
“A delightfully lyrical and endearing coming-of-age story with characters that stay with the reader long after finishing the novel. Graves writes with an unapologetic and unflinching depth that delivers the narrative goods.”
– Anthony Self –
Author of Birthday Treat
“Parade is a riotous story of friendship and faith. Michael Graves’ debut novel is Roddy Doyle meets Hubert Selby Jr; told with great humour, compassion and a unique insight into the darkest corners of the human condition. Through the characters of Reggie, Elmer, and a tremendous supporting cast of misfits and oddballs, Graves takes us on a roadtrip across an America struggling to find its new identity, while two young men go in search of theirs. Above all, this is a book that reminds us of how vitally important it is, now more than ever, to hope for something better and to try our hardest to get there.”
– Rick White –
Author of Talking to Ghosts at Parties
Reggie Lauderdale suffers from a crisis of faith. His cousin, Elmer Mott, dreams of becoming their hometown mayor. Both boys are stuck in suburbia trying to be adults … but they aren’t sure how to be themselves yet. When a twist of fate sends them fleeing in a stolen limousine, the cousins escape to Florida where they meet a retired televangelist, who inspires them on a path of glitzy sermons and late-night parties. But are the celebrations sincere or deceptive? And who is keeping tabs? Who is watching? Parade is a tour-de-force, comic tale of faith and friendship.
Michael Graves is the author of Parade and Dirty One, a collection of short stories which was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and an American Literary Association Honouree. Michael’s fiction has been published in numerous literary publications. He can be found online at
PUBLISHER: STORGY BOOKS
PUBLICATION DATE: 01/06/2021
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