If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home

Dave Housley

Publication date : 2015

Dzanc Books

A short story collection that includes the story The Jerry Garcia Finger, which was originally published in Quarterly West. The book title is presumably taken from the lyrics of the Grateful Dead song Ripple.

A KISS cover-band leader pondering a fertility-driven criminal act, a boy watching his hair-metal dad search for love on reality TV, a quiet teenage metalhead stumbling into her own voice while trailing her former roadie father—these are the characters seeking resolution, tempering expectations, and occasionally finding grace and the dignity and strength to go on. Dave Housley's collection examines the quiet desperation and occasional triumphs of growing up and growing older through the prism of music.
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