Thanks to Jason Skipper for reading at the Artsmith Literary Salon last night from his novel, Hustle, about three generations of southern men hustling for money, women, and art, and, ultimately, redemption. Definitely worth a read. Not convinced? Read what Charles Baxter has to say about this compelling debut novel:
What do the generations owe each other? Everything and nothing, Jason Skipper’s beautifully plain-spoken novel tells us, as it invites us to watch its young protagonist learning his hardscrabble survival skills from a few amazingly unreliable mentors. Some human truths need to be presented without embellishment, and the central truth of Hustle is that we’re all on the edge of a cliff. This is a fine story, honestly told.
—Charles Baxter, author of The Feast of Love