Tomorrow, Benjamin Rybeck’s first novel The Sadness hits bookshelves thanks to Unnamed Press. Rybeck is the marketing director at Houston’s beloved Brazos Bookstore, and his debut is a noir set in Maine, where an indy filmmaker searches for a local actress who disappears after starring in a cult film.
“I won’t tell you my name or that of the village where I spent that spring and summer when I was nine,” an unnamed boy says at the beginning of A Green and Ancient Light. “I won’t because you should realize there were towns just like it and boys just like me all around the sea…”
I discovered Bill Bryson as a high school student in the far-off Chicago suburb of Iowa. I deprived myself of the dreary existential exploration promised by the classics and instead following the adventures of a middle-aged family man as he putters around the world, spending most of his time in pubs or complaining about train schedules.