Join Ryan Roberts, author of the newly-released novel, Nimrod, for a meet and greet and siging at ABC: 11:30 am-1pm, Saturday Sept. 18.
About the Book:
In a town where everyday is the same...
Rod is a daydreamer with a singular wish: to meet Sting, the rockstar- the only person capable of fixing Rod’s broken family and liberating him from his sheltered existence. It’s the summer before senior year, and Rod has nothing to look forward to but sitting at home day after day, serving as emotional caretaker to his mother. She’s still reeling from the passing of her firstborn son twenty years ago, a death she blames on the band Green Day. Music has been forbidden in Rod’s home ever since.
Enter Cat, the new girl in town who’s everything Rod’s not: confident, adventurous... and Green Day’s biggest fan. When Cat presents him with the opportunity to meet his hero, will Rod risk sneaking out from under his mother’s watchful eye to New York with the girl of his dreams? Rod must decide if it’s worth jeopardizing his future to save his mom’s.
Ryan Roberts was in the seventh grade in 1994, the year that punk broke (again), and like so many others of his generation his life was completely changed upon hearing Dookie for the first time. Fitting then that his debut novel, Nimrod, finds Green Day at the center of its story. From the world of punk that Green Day introduced him to, Ryan then found himself immersed in the underground hardcore scene of the mid-nineties where he continued to come of age. Hardcore in the nineties was extremely ethics driven which is where Ryan picked up his passions for the DIY spirit, animal rights, maintaining a positive mental attitude, and respecting the environment.
Likely due to Seinfeld’s humor and storytelling playing such a formative role in his youth (and beyond), Ryan has an affinity for slice of life stories about regular people facing the complexities of the simple life. You will find no smoking guns in his novels, no dead bodies. Instead, you’ll encounter relatable stories about human beings, attempting to navigate their emotions in a confusing world and sharing some laughs about the absurdity of life along the way.