Books by David Bowman

BIG BANG by David Bowman
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Bowman's testament is both lament and celebration—for the betrayed promise of the United States as well as the tragedy of the author's premature demise."
A kaleidoscopic portrait of America in the years leading up to the assassination of John F. Kennedy—and a chillingly prophetic vision of how we got to where we are. Read full book review >
BUNNY MODERN by David Bowman
Released: Jan. 14, 1998

A near-future romantic fantasy in which electricity has vanished and most couples are infertile—creating the need for gun- toting warrior-nannies to protect the few infants still being born: a second novel no less wacky and wired than its predecessor (Let the Dog Drive, 1993). In Manhattan's Washington Square Park, a chance encounter brings narrator Dylan across the path of nanny Clare just as she foils a babynapping with a neat trick shot that blows away the wife of the childless couple attempting the abduction. It is, of course, love at first sight. Dylan uses his mysterious powers to read Clare's mind and learns that their fates are to be entwined through her next assignment: a job in Jersey with a singing and dancing elderly couple and their six-month-old son, Soda. Though Clare, like all nannies, is addicted to Vengeance, a drug that makes her trigger-happy while deadening her bonding instincts, she still falls for Soda, who proves to be most unusual. Dylan inserts himself in Clare's life at this point, since he has an interest in Soda's parents as well, and the two begin working as a team. They break into the headquarters of the nanny service in search of information, learning the full story—that Soda has been the same age for 40 years—and in the process making themselves likely candidates for assassination. But, wonder of wonders, electricity returns in the nick of time, bringing chaos but allowing Clare and Dylan to escape. After making certain that the unique Soda is safe, the two go back to Clare's place in the bright, shining city to make sparks of their own—until a knock at her door heralds yet another change in plans. Being out on the edge, as this one is, has its appeal, but with the tale's wild windings comes a large dose of gimmickry and calculation, rendering the whole hard to follow and harder to swallow. (Author tour) Read full book review >
LET THE DOG DRIVE by David Bowman
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

Bowman's picaresque first novel, winner of the publisher's 1992 Elmer Holmes Bobst Award for Emerging Writers, follows the wildly unlikely love affair of the hitchhiking young son of a TV evangelist with a middle-aged Detroit housewife: playful if insubstantial fare in the Tom Robbins tradition. It's the mid-70's and 18-year-old Bud Salem—a weak-chinned boy whose obese mother leads prayer sessions on TV, whose dead father was a Hollywood private eye, and whose major talent is his ability to read hard-boiled detective novels while driving—takes his hitching thumb to the highway in an attempt to escape his horrific California past. He's soon picked up by another lost soul on the lam: Sylvia Cushman, the fast-talking, red-haired wife of an auto-specialist who regularly abandons her home in Detroit to go on unrestrained cross-country driving sprees. An Emily Dickinson freak who likes to dress in 40's evening wear and pitch oranges out her car window, Sylvia takes Bud on the ride of his sheltered life before abruptly dumping him outside of Toledo when it's time to go home. Forsaken but not helpless, Bud tracks Sylvia down in the suburbs of Detroit—only to find that her life is devoted all too unromantically to her massively allergic younger son, her master's thesis on Dickinson, and her dour, unresponsive husband, whose job description includes crashing test cars that have live dogs as passengers. Appalled, Bud longs to set Sylvia free—but after many a mind-boggling encounter with Iranian terrorism, religious conversion, suicide, and castration threats, it's writing, rather than living, that Bud learns to love. A garish, thrill-a-minute roller-coaster ride, always bold if not particularly inspiring. Read full book review >