We Ate the Road Like Vultures
Release date April 2016
Lynnette Lounsbury, is a writer, lecturer, martial artist, traveller, and occasional poet. She grew up in Papua New Guinea and on the NSW North Coast. She now lives in Sydney. She currently teaches writing and ancient history at Avondale College and is Senior Editor at the student travel blog, Ytravel. Her first book, Afterworld (Allen&Unwin 2014) was released for the young adult market in 2014. We Ate the Road like Vultures is her first novel for adults.
Listen to Lynnette Lounsbury talk about her book.
Read Lynnette Lounsbury’s article in The Guardian about the inspiration for her book.
If Hunter S Thompson was a sixteen year old girl, jacked up on peyote and hormones and carrying around a nasty beat poet fetish, this is how she’d write. What glorious, clear, concise madness. Ms Lounsbury is one to watch, or more importantly, READ. —Rhys Muldoon
WARNING: this is impossible to put down, the writing is masterful, the insights into life, meaning and the literati, profound. The mood swings between astonishing romp and philosophical depth without missing a beat (if you’ll pardon the pun).
Watch the book trailer here.
Lulu… is a cracking character, her complex mixture of youthful arrogance and philosophical self-doubt the anti- thesis of Marylou and all the other pretty, cardboard-chicks Kerouac half-sketched while On the Road (1957). —Alex Cothren, Australian Book Review.
This book satisfies like chocolate cake with a touch of chilli. It is what the hyper-masculine world of beat writing would look like with a feisty female protagonist who is a book-obsessed Aussie teenage runaway?
A wild feat of imagination, intellect and writing craft—and somehow also one of the most deliriously entertaining books I’ve read in years.
—Nick Earls, Wisdom Tree, Five Novellas, and Analogue Man.
Lulu, a teenage Australian runaway on a unlikely mission, knows bullshit when she hears it and she’s hearing it from the two ‘ornery old geezers she discovers living with an Alaskan moose named Capote, and Salinger, a suicidal circus elephant, on a remote Mexican haçienda. She is on a quest that has taken her halfway around the world—hitching rides, sleeping at truck stops and generally trying to evade Interpol—to prove that ‘Chicco’ and ‘Carousel’, with their stained kaftans and hesitant prostates, were once better known as Jack Kerouac and his muse, Neal Cassady.
What an extraordinary little book! I read it in only two sittings and it left me just a little breathless. I kept thinking of The Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared—its nothing like it of course, except in its ability to make the seemingly outrageous seem quite normal.—Clive Newman, The Newman Agency
This book is energetic, ferociously funny and populated by a whacky cast of characters of whom Kerouac himself would be proud. An incredible novel from a talented Australian writer.
‘we ate the road like vultures’ is sitting happily alongside kerouac & cassady on my bookshelf, i highly recommend reading it and reckon it will find pride of place on your bookshelf, in between the beats, or just as happily with any of your best books. dig it.—Brendan Fredericks, BFPR
Read Brendan’s full endorsement here.
What the Media is Saying:
Lulu draws readers into that familiar, wondrous fervour of the adolescent literary adventurer; she and Lounsbury have a knack for great simile, as per the killer title.—Georgia Delaney, Readings Monthly
Lounsbury’s characters are luminous… an addictive mix of farce and philosophy, caring for people but not for their egos. … A cult classic in the making.—Jo Peulen, Booklover Book Reviews
Read the article that’s got everyone talking, even mentioned in The Paris Review:
I looked. I looked hard. I read female beat writers Carolyn Cassady, Edie Parker and Hettie Jones and they felt more like watchers than participants; muses perhaps, facilitators maybe, but not respected equals.—Lynnette Lounsbury, The Guardian 4 April 2016
Two of the most famous figures in literary history—Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady—have been found alive and well, living in a remote Mexican hacienda…read on —Newcastle Herald, 21 March 2016
Here’s an article that appeared in the Daily Telegraph on 22 March 2016
It was as though the author herself plucked my unspoken, unconscious thoughts about these things and weaved them into poetic sentences.—Sarah Robinson-Hatch, Written Word Worlds