Savage 1986-2011

By (author): Nathaniel G. Moore

Nate’s nervous mother chews gum at warp speed and has a bob that resembles Darth Vader’s helmet. His icy father dabbles part-time in the death trade at a funeral home after working for a decade in the insurance racket. His older sister Holly is always lurking in the shadows or away at school. Nate, a creative, messy, and anxious teen, has chosen Randy Savage as his hero. As he finishes high school, the world to which Savage belongs is quickly waning in popularity, and Nate begins to seethe wrestler’s downfall mirrored in his own life. But not until the family dismantles for good in 1994 does Nate’s life truly begin to fracture.

Savage 1986-2011 chronicles the middle-class implosion of Nate’s nuclear family, bracketed by July 1986 – when he first saw Randy Savage in person – and the wrestler’s sudden death in May 2011. When Savage dies, Nate is freed from beliefs—once a source of beauty and escape—that had come to constrict him, fusing him to a moribund past…

The novel is about the blurred lines between child and adult roles and the ever-changing landscape of interior heroism. Whether dealing with a family’s economic turbulence, the scarring effects of teenage love, or creating a new family order, Moore revisits, remasters, and repackages a twenty-five year family odyssey with guts, honesty, and love.


Nathaniel G. Moore

Nathaniel G. Moore is the author of Bowlbrawl, and editor of Desire, Doom & Vice. Described as a ‘Toronto small press fixture by Flare Magazine, Nathaniel regularly contributes to Broken Pencil and Danforth Review and has performed his literary work on CBC’s ZeD TV. He is also a regular correspondent for the music magazine Skyscraper in the US. He lives in the Toronto Annex.


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256 Pages
7.68in * 6.56in * .67in


November 19, 2013



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