Black Hole Blues by Patrick Wensink

28 May

J. Claude Caruthers is country music’s biggest star and Kenny Rogers’ worst nightmare.

Now, J. Claude hasn’t slept for weeks. His insomnia comes courtesy of his quest to complete Nashville’s most ambitious project: Caruthers is writing a love song for every woman’s name on Earth. But since getting stuck on the last name in the book, Zygmut, Caruthers’ life has been miserable.

Life gets much worse when his estranged brother, Lloyd, inadvertently creates a black hole in a top-secret physics lab. Lovesick and lonely, Lloyd sets out to reconnect with his brother and find love before the world ends. As the black hole swallows the planet, the brothers discover that only one person who can stop the apocalypse and help J. Claude finish his songwriting odyssey is their missing sister, Zygmut.

Told through a kaleidoscope of perspectives that include the Caruthers brothers, J. Claude’s guitar, a club sandwich, and even the angry, foul-mouthed particle that birthed the black hole, Patrick Wensink’s Black Hole Blues is a hilarious double helix of country music and physics.


“Wensink has accomplished an incredible feat: using nothing more than his sagacious imagination, he somehow convinced me to give a shit about country music.” –AIN’T IT COOL NEWS

“Patrick Wensink is a joyful writer who draws memorable characters.  In this dispatch from the end of the universe, humanity is in the hands of a prolific country music singer, a one-handed theoretical physicist, and an unfortgettable club sandwich.” –EVAN MANDERY, author of First Contact and Dreaming of Gwen Stefani

“…a Christopher Moore-like world with all the zany entertainment and character quirks you could ask for. Yet, underneath it all, there is real substance and real issues being raised about loneliness, mortality and identity.” –THE EXAMINER

“A page turner…you have no idea what is coming next but you are still so invested in the core of the tale. It is life or death, but there are still moments of humor that are so entertaining. ” —WHAT TO WEAR DURING AN ORANGE ALERT?

“…an outrageous book. Readers who delight in the wild flips of imagination will find an undeniable “Da Vinci Code” of pop art postmodernism in Black Hole Blues.” — LEO WEEKLY

Black Hole Blues is an entertaining, multi-layered novel that keeps it’s readers on their toes from the very start. Wensink cleverly handles the daunting task of meshing numerous side stories together in a satisfying finale full of tricks and twists and contains all the right ingredients to make a killer television dramedy.” THE NEXT BEST BOOK BLOG

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