Running to Graceland

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Pub Date 01 May 2018 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2018

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In the summer of '81, Jack has graduated from high school and is headed out on one last road trip with his friends Curtis and Bruce. He can't imagine how out of control things are about to get.

When Curtis shoots an old man who catches the boys trespassing, Bruce decides to go home and face the music- but even though Jack knows he may be throwing his life away, he can't bring himself to abandon his best friend. He and Curtis flee north, directionless and hopeless... until the ghost of Elvis appears in Jack's dreams, and things take a turn for the bizarre.

If the two boys head to Graceland, promises the King, all will be made right for them. And so, in one last quest for salvation, Jack and Curtis turn toward Memphis-- leaving cops, preachers, and all manner of strangeness in their wake.

In the summer of '81, Jack has graduated from high school and is headed out on one last road trip with his friends Curtis and Bruce. He can't imagine how out of control things are about to get.

When...


Advance Praise

A gritty and propulsive debut novel. Running to Graceland gives me what I want from fiction: compassion and provocation.

  --  John Dufresne, I Don’t Like Where This Is Going

"A thought provoking, well-orchestrated voyage with beautiful lines, strong characters, and unforgettable images."

 -- Amarilys Gacio Rassler, award winning author of Cuban-American, Dancing on the Hyphen

"Through Jack's voice, loyal, lost, and yearning, Slayton unfolds the most challenging adventure of all: discovering the secrets of the self."


 -- Lynne Barrett, author of Magpies and What Editors Want


A gritty and propulsive debut novel. Running to Graceland gives me what I want from fiction: compassion and provocation.

  --  John Dufresne, I Don’t Like Where This Is Going

"A thought provoking...


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With the ghost of Elvis dancing in the background, three teenagers, recently graduated from high school, find trouble in the woods and flee across the South trying to dig their way out, to escape their demons. Elvis 🕺 is a theme for this book, his legend, his mesmerized fans, his fall from grace. Jack and Curtis embody an innocence from another era as they jaunt their way from town to town, outlaws on the run. Hitchhikers, Elvis impersonators, and dreams fill up the story.

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Jack, Curtis, and Bruce start off on the edge of what they think is reality and quickly leave it far behind. In this story of bad roads lead to worse places with only Elvis or the ghost of as their guide Slayton delivers a story that is built for speed but you will want to read it slow and savor they great character development. Boom boom here!!

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