on the book

A Masque of Infamy is a ribald story of teenage rebellion, punk rock and survival. After moving from Los Angeles to small town Alabama in 1987, Louis Baudrey tries to fit in at the local high school, but the Bible-thumpers and the rednecks don’t take too kindly to his outlandish wardrobe and punk attitude. At home, he defies the sadistic intentions of Rick, his father’s friend, who tries to rule the household with an iron fist. As Louis is about to be shipped off to military school, he stumbles upon indisputable proof that will free him and his younger brother from Rick’s tyranny. But just when he thinks their troubles are over, they’re locked up in the adolescent ward of a mental hospital, where Louis must fight the red tape of the system to save himself, his brother and maybe even his dream of being a punk rocker.

“Kelly Dessaint twists the horror of growing up in a highly dysfunctional American family into a hilarious tale of survival. Detailing the trauma of being institutionalized as a teenager after having taken revenge against an abusive father figure, A Masque of Infamy is a story about stubbornly overcoming the odds to live long enough to tell the truth about just how shitty it is to be a kid in this country.” – Lydia Lunch

“A Masque of Infamy captures the screaming, up-from-the-toes intensity and torment of the United States of Adolescence. No one who reads this book will be left unchanged by its savage and unforgiving beauty.” – Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight

“The characters were well developed, the descriptions amazing and a story line that made me laugh and angry at the same time. A must read book.” – Ginger Coyote, Punk Globe Zine

“…hypnotizing… complex, multi-faceted, uncensored, honest — yet ‘creatively (and invisibly) engineered’ to provide a compelling narrative that I didn’t want to put down…” – V. Vale, Re/Search

“A no-bullshit novel – the type that reels the reader directly in with smooth passages, gritty dialogue and countless references to rock ‘n’ roll culture. The world needs less syrupy-sweet superficial feel-good yarns and more stories of surviving the human condition. Dessaint delivers.” – Wes Funk, author of Dead Rock Stars

“The overwhelming rawness of Kelly Dessaint’s story about children attempting to navigate a world completely fucked up by adults is like a punch to the chest.” – Davida Gypsy Breier, Xerography Debt

“…recreates the mindset of a teenager without becoming a caricature.” – Brandon Freels, Maximum Rocknroll

$14.00 . paperback . 320 pages . 5″ x 8″ . ISBN: 1-930935-33-1

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