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The Anomalies is the story of five quirky nonconformists who come together to make sweet rock music in their small Midwestern town primarily inhabited by tiny-minded, walking stereotypes.
Luster wants the ultimate form of the American dream---rock stardom---despite being a twenty-four-year-old man living in the ghetto with his crack-dealing brothers. Opal is a sex-crazed party machine despite being an eighty-year-old woman. Ember hates the world and wants to destroy it despite being an eight-year-old girl. Ray loves America and all of its inhabitants despite being a middle-aged, effeminate Iraqi soldier. Aurora is frigid and deplores young people despite being a sexy, Satan-worshiping teenager.
And now these misfits have formed a band---a band so different, so utterly unpredictable that they might just be able to slip between a crack, rise above their small-town existence, tour the world, and in the process make us all reconsider our stale old conventions.
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Joey Goebel was born and raised in Henderson, Kentucky. He has a BA in English from Brescia University and his short stories have appeared in two anthologies. He is the former lead singer of the punk band The Mullets (Higher Step Records) that toured for five years in the Midwest. The Anomalies is his first novel.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2003
ISBN 193156129X ISBN13 9781931561297
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More About Joey Goebel
Joey Goebel was born and raised in Henderson, Kentucky. He has a B.A. in English from Brescia University, and his debut novel, The Anomalies, was published in 2003. He is the former lead singer of the "Mullets and Novembrists,"
Joey Goebel currently resides in Henderson. Joey Goebel was born in 1960.
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A Red Bull of a Novel Feb 14, 2008
I enjoyed this little brisk bit of reading. It gets in and gets out. You'll have to suspend some disbelief to swallow the premise, but I think it's worth it for the sharp and biting dialog. This may be attributable to the author's youth. He's alot more in touch with alternative culture (these people hate Raymond) than most of his writing contemporaries.
inexplicable. Jun 2, 2006
i couldn't even get 1/2 through this novel. documenting the rock 'n roll industry and band dynamics is undoubtedly a difficult task. some have done it successfully, others have not. unfortunately, 'the anomalies' falls in the latter category.
goebel's novel, told from multiple point-of-view's (a al faulkner's 'as i lay dying,' could have been intersting, but let's be honest here and cut right to the novel's central problem: how many bands have an 80 year-old, sex-starved granny, an 8-year old girl, an effeminate iraqi soldier, and a satan-worshipping teenager? the novel loses any credibility because its initial premise completely unbelievable and head-scratching. there's simply no way these people would ever get together, much less form a band. i'm growing tired of writers who assume they have to have 'quirky' and 'off-beat' characters to make novels interesting. 'quirky' characters more often than not make for obnoxious and annoying characters--and does little more than display an author's inability at novelizing complex human emotions and relaitionships. unfortunately, the united nations-esque, freak-show band is little more than a gimmick, and a tired one at that.
the writing itself is mediocre at best. goebel's still a young man and it shows. most of the prose comes across as juvenile and simplistic, probably because it is. it never really sparkles, never really reveals anything substantial about the plot or characters. the dialogue is ordinary and by-the-book. the 'quirky' characters are, by and large, one-dimensional stereotypes, and the shifting p.o.v could have been interesting had the band member's observations about each other amounted to anything insightful or interesting.
it takes a lot for me to give up on a book 1/2 way through it, but 1/2 of 'the anomolies' was an uninspired, tedious exercise in band dynamics. a major disappointment.
Weirdness in the best, truest sense of the word May 13, 2005
The Anomalies, Goebel's debut novel, is one of the most creative, constantly inventive novels to grace the bookshelves in years. As a debut novel, it is equivalent only to Jonathan Lethem's Gun, With Occasional Music. Though there are no surrealistic boundaries broken in Goebel's work, the high level of inventiveness is comparable.
The characters are vivid and uniquely oddball. And they are drawn so beautifully and convincingly that they read less like fiction characters and more like people plucked from the pages of a memoir by a computer-nerd-cum-sideshow-geek.
The story, about a ragtag group of outcasts looking to make sweet music, borders on the absurd without feeling contrived or unrealistic. The true absurdity is the world's response to these characters, who, it seems, cherish Cocteau's observation, "That with which the public reproaches you, cultivate it, it is you."
The Anomalies is so well paced, so beautifully well written, that it flies by in one sitting. But, and not to give away the ending here, the characters' fates will haunt you and sit with you and, eventually, inspire you to re-read this book. If not for the characters, then the circumstances, if not the circumstances, then the wonderful, wonderful prose and dialogue.
This is not only one of the best debut novels I've ever read, but one of the best, funniest, cleverest novels I've had the pleasure of reading. If your perception of reality tends to be skewed, I highly recommend The Anomalies. And if your perception tends to lean to the mainstream, I recommend it even more. Heck, you might even learn something about the way you perceive people.
Like Chuck Norris on a tilt-a-whirl Sep 3, 2004
Joey Goebel's first novel, "The Anomalies", has an energy and intelligence that is rarely seen in debut fiction. Each unique character created by Goebel has their own interesting traits and are just plain fun to read about, while a social critique also winds its way through the pages. It is no easy task to create memorable and fun characters while tackling social issues, but Goebel pulls it off almost seamlessly. I am looking forward to his next novel, "Torture the Artist", where I am certain he has honed his craft even more.
A riff for the disenfranchised Jul 30, 2004
This novel is an interesting exercise on two levels: first, because the author, himself quite a young man, has tackled a topic that requires extraordinary skill, observing the antics of a multi-generational group of characters; the second, the very diverse personalities themselves, who make up the meat of the novel.
Goebel introduces an unusual gathering of friends who have come together as a rock band, determined that their music be heard and appreciated. They figure such a strange configuration of band mates should at least get them in the door. The group consists of an eight-year old girl and her babysitter, who happens to be a sprightly octogenarian, a young black musician with an explosive imagination and a vocabulary to match, a beautiful, wheel chair-bound Satanist and an Iraqi immigrant recently arrived in this country to enjoy the wonders of American life and to find an American soldier he wounded in the Gulf War. The burgeoning rock band is their blunt statement to the world.
The world may not be ready for their message, but the musicians do have a small following as their sound improves with practice. Most important is their message: diversity is the future of America. Certainly the very identity of the group is an advertisement that cultural and racial differences can successfully coexist, even flourish. Like most ideas before their time, this band becomes a target for some misanthropic diversions, reminding us that the fickle finger of fate scribbles randomly, and then moves on, indifferent to the chaos left in its wake. Whether Goebel's characters can recover from their debut is the question. Luan Gaines/2004.