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Joey Truman is a writer/performer/musician. He has performed most notably with The Collapsable Giraffe, Norway based Findlay//Sandsmark and Um, a Brooklyn based band. He has published the novel Postal Child (Whiskey Tit 2016) and Killing The Math (Whiskey Tit 2016). His account of a performance he did with Findlay//Sandsmark called _ Biograph_ will be published by Ugly Duckling Press in 2017. Currently he is working on a novel about a man put in charge of a train transporting 6000 orphaned children from Paris to Auschwitz. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Postal Child. Novel, 216 pp. (Whiskey Tit, 2016)
`Whitey was a black man. He was called Whitey because the index finger on his left hand was white. A birthmark. His first name was Esmerelda. Middle name Torno. His mom was high when Whitey was born. She was also high when she named him. Esmerelda was the name of her sister, the only person in the world who ever treated her decently, and Torno was short for tornado, because that’s how it felt when Whitey came out.´
Postal Child. Synopsis
`Whitey Whitlock had an ear for the birds. He could whistle their songs as well as they could. He did so on his route. He talked to the birds.The birds talked back.
Whitey was a black man. He was called Whitey because the index finger on his left hand was white. A birthmark. His first name was Esmerelda. Middle name Torno. His last name was Whitlock because his mom’s last name was Whitlock.
His mom was high when Whitey was born. She was also high when she named him. Esmerelda was the name of her sister, the only person in the world who ever treated her decently, and Torno was short for tornado, because that’s how it felt when Whitey came out.
Whitey’s mom had a penchant for the cocaine.
She was a good mom though. Albeit an inconsistent mom.Whitey learned how to deal with her mood swings and her ever-present hangovers. By the time he was three he could make his own breakfasts. By the time he was eight he could get himself to school. By the time he was ten he was doing all the shopping and housework. By the time he was twelve he could do all the paperwork that allowed him and his mom not to starve or be homeless. On one of the pubescent days leading up to his thirteenth birthday he woke up to find his mom dead on the couch.´
`In Postal Child Joey Truman has combined hard boiled with heart-on-sleeve to produce a work that Charles Bukowski might've typed up while blackout drunk, forgotten about, and then read with admiration.´
– Sean Wilsey
`I was appalled at first and then was sucked in by the whole thing.´
– Jon Frankel
`QUICK QUIZ: Your boyfriend drops dead from an overdose. You want to roll the body in plastic to conceal the smell but your only helper is 12 years old and together you're not strong enough to lift the body. In your purse are 2 big bags of cocaine. You:_____´
– Jonathan Butterick
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