I’m From Electric Peak

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Kody loves Teal Carticelli. He has broken out of the Mayweather, a home for wayward youth, following his threat to blow up his high school with a fertilizer bomb. Kody is on his way to see Teal’s parents, because they forced her to get an abortion. They are about to put Teal on an airplane to Italy, and he might never see her again. But Kody has a gun in his pocket and he is climbing down the water tower to go and pay the Carticelli’s a visit. True love / true wreckage.

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“Bud Smith is the best writer I’ve met from Jersey. Anywhere. He gets to the core of things through humor and heart and truth. I’m From Electric Peak is Smith’s swan song—beautiful and ghostly.” Troy James Weaver, author of Marigold
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“I wish more people wrote novellas, if they were all this good. An action-packed, propulsive story, darkly funny, frightening, and desperately human.” J Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest
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I’m From Electric Peak is wild at heart and weird on top. A teenage couple and a stolen parakeet Bonnie-and-Clyde-style hit the road, painting their messy lives across state lines. Destination: Graceland. But The King is dead, and what’s left is the weight of the word crushing hot air out of young, dumb love. This is America, and like it says in that one RATT song: Nobody rides for free. Welcome to the Budlands.”—Brian Alan Ellis, author of Something to Do with Self-Hate
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“Signature Bud Smith: Wild, funny, harrowing, deep, weird, and heartbreaking. ‘I’m From Electric Peak’ absolutely clobbered me.” – Kathy Fish, author of Together We Can Bury It
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“I’m From Electric Peak is a schizophrenic valentine from the broken heart of America. Bud Smith writes with his foot on the gas, driving his damaged characters across the mystic beauty of a country intent on destroying them.”- Kevin Maloney, author of Cult of Loretta
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“I’m From Electric Peak is a wild at heart, punk rock Badlands for 2016.” – Bushwhick Review
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Watch a short film about I’m From Electric Peak made by Kristen Felicetti