In this collection of short stories, Ken Kesey challenges public and private demons with a wrestler's brave and deceptive embrace, making it clear that the energy of madness must live on. Assuming the guise of Devlin Deboree (pronounced debris), Kesey begins with his release from prison and his return to an unusual domestic life; recounts various foreign excursions (to Egypt to visit the Sphinx, and to China to cover the Beijing Marathon); relates lively stories of farm and family and, in the voice of his grandmother, a tall tale and a narrative prayer. Most poignantly, Kesey looks at the hard lessons to be found in the deaths of Neal Cassady and John Lennon. As always, Kesey challenges public and private demons with sure, sublet strokes&mdashand with the brave deceptive embrace of the wrestler.
“In these forceful, engaging, sometimes touching pieces, Kesey shows that he remains a concerned, sometimes vitriolic, but ultimately responsible observer of American society and the human condiotion.” - The Philadelphia Inquirer
Ken Kesey was born in Oregon where he still lives.One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, his first novel, was published in 1962. His third novel, Demon Box was first published in 1986. His fifth novel, Last Go Round was published in 1994. His two children's books are Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear (1990) and The Sea Lion (1991).