Adam Mansbach, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Go the F**k to Sleep, returns with a fearless new novel about a too-wise kid and the father who left him, the price of revenge and the greatest graffiti stunt New York City has ever seen.
The narrator of Rage is Back is Kilroy Dondi Vance, an eighteen-year-old mixed-race Brooklynite who deals pot and goes to prep school on scholarship, all while growing up in the shadow of his absentee father Billy Rage, a legendary graffiti writer who disappeared from New York City in 1989 following a public feud
with MTA police chief Anastacio Bracken. Now it’s 2005. Bracken is running for mayor of New York City. And who should Dondi discover on a rooftop in Brooklyn but his father, newly returned to the city and ready to settle the score. The return of Rage and the mayoral race of Bracken prompt a reunion of every graffiti
writer who mattered in the 1980s as they plan the greatest graffiti stunt New York City has ever seen.
Delivering a mind-bending journey through a subterranean world of epic heroes and villains, and moving through the city’s unseen communities, from the tunnel camps of the Mole People to the drug dens of Crown Heights, RAGE IS BACK is many things: a dramatic, hilarious thrill ride and a love letter to New York
that introduces the most powerful urban underdog narrator this side of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
“Rage is Back is a gutsy act of cultural nostalgia, full of longing
for a vanished New York, a chaotic, colorful city full of graffiti and guerilla art.
Adam Mansbach is a fearless, funny, and thoroughly engaging writer.”
—Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children and The Leftovers
Adam Mansbach’s books include Go the F*** to Sleep, the California Book
Award-winning novel The End of the Jews, and the cult classic Angry Black White Boy. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, GQ, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and on NPR’s All Things Considered. Read a recent Salon.com article.
Berkeley Arts & Letters at The Marsh Berkeley (2120 Allston Way, Berkeley)
Tickets $12 ($5 students) in advance only, at Brown Paper Tickets online or 800-838-3006; $15 at the door
The Marsh Cabaret Bar will be open before, during, and after this evening’s program!