New Novel Explores Teen Life during the Bush-Era

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Author Patrick Rooney tells a story of sex, rock-and-roll and growing up

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The presidency of George W. Bush was marked by a number of historic events: the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina. Addressing the effect these events had on teenagers of the era, Patrick Rooney delivers his new novel “Trust Fall: A Novel” (published by iUniverse), a glimpse into the life of a teenage boy staking out his place in the world.

Sixteen-year-old Joe King is living in California’s central valley. Like any typical teenage boy, he spends his days navigating high school and the typical pressures put on a young man: class, social politics, marching band, church youth groups and first love.

An excerpt from “Trust Fall”:

It was all about the music. It drove and sustained them all, and when the singer would let out a scream Joe felt a delicious mix of passion, aggression and joy made all the stronger by the crowd’s amplification. It was about connection. Joe grinned and came at an emo kid. When he shoved him, he got shoved right back and stumbled backwards into a pulsing, swaying, jumping mass which held him up even as it pushed him further.

Joe’s girlfriend, Vanessa, helps him explore the fine line between Christianity and premarital sex. “Trust Fall” follows an American teen’s search for identity in the disillusioning backdrop of the Bush-era and small-town fundamentalism.

About the Author
Patrick Rooney has a bachelor's degree in modern literature from the University of California–Santa Cruz. He has previously been published in Matchbox Magazine and the Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine. He is also the author of the short story collection “Bears on the Road to Damascus.” Rooney lives in Santa Cruz, California.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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