There are writers, and then there are storytellers. Vernon Rust KNOWS how to tell a story, and his memoire, Fake News is filled with them. Good stories, and true:
"WHEN I WOKE UP IN HOSPITAL, I COULD'NT move my arms or legs. Oh, I wasn't paralyzed or anything . . . I was in four point restraints flat to the bed on my back.
OBVIOUSLY a victim of mistaken insanity...as this only happens to crazy people, and after all, I, Vernon Rust of mediocre and fleeting songwriter fame, was a lot of things...but insane?
Insane? Mentally incompetent? Honestly?
That's just CRAZY talk! (however, several Doctors and judges seemed convinced enough otherwise to keep me a month or so, ...just to make sure)"
When a book starts like that, I've just GOT to read on. And I did, almost in one sitting.
I discovered Vernon on a friend's Facebook page. He was telling one of his impossibly good stories. So I started following him, and was lucky enough to score a reader's copy of his book. His stories are gritty and funny, and Rust makes no attempt to whitewash his past, which is punctuated with abusive fathers, illicit drugs, country music stars, rock-and-roll, creative genius, true love, financial highs and lows that are as high and as low as you can get.
Through it all, Rust maintains an optimism, a sense of humor and the wisdom that only one who has lived it all can have. Rust is a country-music songwriter, and this book is a country-music masterpiece. I recommend this book unreservedly. Read it. You’ll like it. I promise. To purchase Fake News, go here.
To hear Vernon perform his songs, go here.