It Feels So Good When I Stop
A NovelBook - 2009
IT FEELS SO GOOD WHEN I STOP is a hilarious and irreverent debut novel about a modern Everyman struggling to learn how to love, want, choose and commit on his own terms, from the acclaimed singer, songwriter, and front man of cult band The Pernice Brothers. This smart, hip novel is equal parts heart and humor, and Pernice brings to his fiction the same poetic sensibilities that have won him high praise over the course of his career.
It's October 1996 in Cape Cod. Our hero-a narrator so ordinary that he remains nameless-is a talented but floundering musician turned waiter who has high-tailed it out of a volatile day-old marriage in New York and further into his own ever-deepening mess. With no job, no apartment, no wife, and a six pack of beers, it's time for a clean slate. For years he's been dodging life's extremes, stuck somewhere between responsibility and freedom, love and obsession, obligation and desire. Now he's seeking sanctuary at the home his sister abandoned along with her marriage so that he can sort out something in his life-what, he's not quite sure. By turns hilariously irreverent and unpredictably affecting IT FEELS SO GOOD WHEN I STOP is a disarmingly fresh love story and coming of age novel that refracts with pristine clarity what it's like to grow up and fall and stay in love in the real world.