Pen Name Publishing, 9781941541814, 136pp.
Publication Date: November 9, 2018
★Dreamers, schemers, addicts, innocents. They are all coasting.★
Coasting follows music industry aspirants, a brooding record store clerk, goth teens, and others into rehearsal rooms, 12-step meetings, a cult indoctrination, even a Russian heavy metal bunker. Along the way, they pursue success, connection, and a sense of purpose. Perched between Middle Men and A Visit From the Goon Squad, Coasting is Ari Rosenschein's debut collection.
"His characters inhabit a backstage space, a few steps from glory, looking for the next gig, hoping for a big break, reveling in every note along the way. Their sweet gritty persistence is irresistible."
-Ana Maria Spagna, author of Uplake: Restless Essays of Coming and Going
"Ari Rosenschein's Coasting does for Gen Y punks and rockers seeking artistic fame and glory in Los Angeles roughly what Candide did for--and to--its na vely optimistic protagonist. A superb debut collection."
-Peter Selgin, author of Life Goes to the Movies and The Inventors
"Coasting will make recovering scenesters laugh, nod, and cringe in recognition, and then give thanks they grew up."
-Kara Vernor, author of Because I Wanted to Write You a Pop Song