“(Drive Like Hell) is so much fun that it's easy to forget how difficult it is to portray decent people acting like morons with an artfulness sufficient to transform it into boneheaded genius. – Kirkus”

Wake Up, We're Here A Novel

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Paperback: 9780984764808

“In these collected stories of deeply human, flawed men and women in search of connection, consolation and better odds, Dallas Hudgens once again taps into the powerful and resonant view of ordinary lives made less so that has earned him national praise for his novels, Drive Like Hell and Season of Gene.”
In a Nation’s Capital fully occupied by the ninety-nine percent, going about the business of their lives, and in Detroit, Buffalo, Winnipeg, Oxnard and Tampa, life lays down its rhythm in dreams, promises and bills, the truth in neon light through the hazy smoke, and the telltale beat of inconstant hearts, foreclosures, and the everyday rigors of smoking, drinking, working, parenting, cheating, and praying that just one break could make it.

America, down on her luck, ready for redemption, has never looked closer than this, or more like us.

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“…a gritty collection of fiction about people who live rough, complicated lives. Awesome endings in every story.”

– Roxane Gay, Treehouse
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Drive Like Hell A Novel

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Hardcover: 9780743251631

Paperback: 9780743261814

“In his hilarious, unforgettable debut – with everything from stock car racing to drug dealing – Dallas Hudgens brilliantly evokes Southern culture in a tale that is raucous and wrenching, funny and wise.”
Wanting desperately to be behind the wheel, Luke Fulmer counts down the days to his sixteenth birthday, when he can finally get his license. Unfortunately, the first thing he does with it is “borrow” his neighbor’s car. When he is pulled over and found in possession of an air pistol, a ski mask, a stolen TV, and a bag of pot, the unforgiving local magistrate takes scissors to his license and vows to lock him up if he ever stands in front of her again. So with an absent father and a mother descending into alcoholism, he moves in with his older brother, Nick, an easygoing ex-con who wants to steer Luke onto the straight and narrow. In the summer that follows, Luke contends with a kleptomaniac girlfriend, a duffel bag full of cocaine, and the realization that he must save his family from themselves, even as he plots to beat a path out of town.
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“(Drive Like Hell) is so much fun that it’s easy to forget how difficult it is to portray decent people acting like morons with an artfulness sufficient to transform it into boneheaded genius.”

– Kirkus (starred review)
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Season of Gene A Novel

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Paperback: 9781416541493

Ebook: 9781934137413

“Somewhere between incarceration and sainthood stands Joe Rice, a man who relishes peace, painkillers, and his Friday-night baseball league. When his shady business partner Gene dies rounding the bases, Joe knows this isn’t going to be an ordinary season. Soon enough, a suburban ex-mobster, his entrepreneurial son, and a gun-toting minister have Tasered, maced and harassed Joe over the location of a three-million-dollar Babe Ruth baseball bat he doesn’t know anything about.”
Joe just wants to save his car-detailing/ticker brokerage business from Gene’s mountain of debt, crime and craziness. (Winning a game of Madden NFGL against his ex-girlfriend’s twelve-year-old son would also be a relief.) But first, he must confront the ghosts of his past - namely, his murdered uncle and his mentally unstable mother. He must also deal with the present, navigating the space between the two women he cares about. And finally, he must face the future, every man’s least favorite obstacle.

Dallas Hudgens, the acclaimed author of “Drive Like Hell,” blends Guatemalan chicken, online pharmaceuticals, and unforgettable characters in a raucous but moving story of love and baseball. “Season of Gene” is a wild ride of a novel about a troubled man, the troubled women who love him and a legendary baseball bat that could either save their lives or get them killed.

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Praise for Season of Gene

“(Season of Gene) has more action than a Hollywood blockbuster and more heart than a bloodhound. A super book.”

– A Book Sense Notable For October 2007
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