Punk

Punk
by Lex Grootelaar
Genre: Coming of Age
Short and entertaining, “Punk” pushes both the rules of writing and the
dominant ideas and expectations of our society. Thrown into the world
of punk rock in the early 1990s, this novel follows the intertwining
lives of a wandering reject and the people he meets as he learns of
his fathers’ unexpected death. It explores themes of social
structure and religious indifference through the eyes of this
disenfranchised man living from one high to the next. The story takes
place over a few hot summer days in Edmonton, Alberta.


Thiscoming-of-age story, although set in the 90’s, is still very relevant
to today. It explores a quest for God without religion. Written with
bursts of stream-of-consciousness and first-person narrative, “Punk”
is simultaneously an urban existential fiction and a mystery novel.
I started writing at a very young age but soon was more consumed with
women, drinking and smoking. It was only when I realized that vice
doesn’t lead to virtue that I left childish things behind me and
found myself back into the realm of writing, work, and love. It was
in that aspect that the words started to flow. I have spent the past
few years at study, spending my summers at work fueling aircraft for
Alberta forestry, when I can break away I travel with my lovely and
brilliant spouse.
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