Float Me Away, Floodwaters


A pocket-size novel concerning modern farm living, wayward country punks, and the New Old West, Adam Gnade’s Float Me Away, Floodwaters is a documentation of life on the margins of society, in the places forgotten by the city—the honkytonks and interstate campgrounds, the ghosts of cattle-towns and the desolate strip-malls. It’s about ripping all the bullshit from your life and looking for things that make living worthwhile in the midst of poverty, political divisiveness, and a dying empire. “Float me away,” the story says, away from loss and defeat, toward “somewhere without prisons up the road and white supremacists in the holler and long, daunting winters and that hard prairie wind that kicks up in the morning and doesn’t quit all day.” Float Me Away, Floodwaters is an ode to survival and place, home and away …

“An incantation for the end times.” —Julia Eff, author of Don’t Piss Down My Back & Tell Me It’s Raining

“Gnade is the king of underground fiction. Every word is truth.” —Nathaniel Kennon Perkins, author of Wallop

“This book reads like a prayer that we can all somehow stay afloat in this country deluged with sadness and pain.” —Bart Schaneman, author of The Silence is the Noise

“Part ghost story, part hymnal, and part adventure guide, Gnade’s latest thrums with wonder, and dread, and bloody, exhilarating life.” —Erik Henriksen, WIREDauthor of The Un-Inventor

“The quiet poetry in Adam’s fiction finds me like a treasured junk in the junk lot.” —Rich Biaocco, author of Death in a Rifle Garden and Torch Ballads

“When the wheels are moving under you, in those quiet moments between destinations, Float Me Away, Floodwaters speaks volumes.” —Nick Bernal, Burn All Books

“This is Gnade doing what he does best: pack practically every page with stark emotion, reflection, and insight. Though it is one of his shorter works, he still manages to create a very vivid, textured place that you’ll want to live in for a while.” —Jonas Cannon, author of Cheer the Eff Up

“Float Me Away, Floodwaters shows us snapshots of the real America—wild and lonesome, ugly-beautiful—it’s Adam Gnade’s best work yet.” —Jessie Lynn McMains, author of The Loneliest Show on Earth and Wisconsin Death Trip

Paperback | 144 pages | Three One G/Bread & Roses Press | 2021

Adam Gnade (pronounced “guh-naw-dee”) is a San Diego, California-born American musician and author currently living on a farm in rural Kansas.

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