In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.
Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.
Poe Ballantine’s novel Whirlaway is darkly comic and compelling.
Kirkus wrote of the book:
“Ballantine walks a wry tightrope here, imbuing his debauched characters with the drunken nobility of Steinbeck’s ‘boys,’ not to mention a healthy dose of gonzo angst. What results is a wanton misadventure that often flips from laughter to tears on a dime. Bukowski and his ilk might appreciate this oddball version of the hero’s journey, soaked in beer and melancholia.”
In his own words, here is Poe Ballantine’s Book Notes music playlist for his novel Whirlaway