At the age of twenty-seven, Noble McCloud of New Jersey may not have money. He may not have a girlfriend. He may not have a place to live. And he may not be drinking in moderation. But he does have two essential things his guitar and the dream of playing it.
"The eponymous 27-year-old anti-hero of Noble McCloud, a first novel by Harvey Havel, fails spectacularly to live up to his name. Drowning his sorrows in alcohol and music, Noble wobbles listlessly from bars to AA meetings. His salvation, he hopes, will be his guitar. Following a well-trodden path blazed by Charles Bukowski, Havel acquits himself admirably with his deadpan descriptions of anomie." ------ Publisher's Weekly