Opioid, Indiana

Opioid, Indiana

During a week-long suspension from school, a teenage transplant to impoverished rural Indiana searches for a job, the whereabouts of his vanished drug-addicted guardian, and meaning in the America of the Trump years.

Seventeen-year-old Riggle is living in rural Indiana with his uncle and uncle’s girlfriend after the death of both of his parents. Now his uncle has gone missing, probably on a drug binge. It’s Monday, and $800 in rent is due Friday. Riggle, who’s been suspended from school, has to either find his uncle or get the money together himself. His mission exposes him to a motley group of Opioid locals—encounters by turns perplexing, harrowing, and heartening. Meanwhile, Riggle marks each day by remembering the mythology his late mother invented for him about how the days got their names.

With amazing directness and insight, Carr explores what it’s like to be a high school kid in in the age of Trump, a time of economic inequality, addiction, confederate flags, and mass shootings. A work of empathy and insight that pierces to the heart of our moment through an unforgettable protagonist.

Title:Opioid, Indiana
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781641290784
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    Opioid, Indiana Reviews

  • karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!!even though countless men, women, and children die in Motherfucking Sharks and a world is irrevocably undone by shadows in Sip, this new Brian Allen Carr book is much much sadder than e...

  • Matthew

    This might possibly be the most exactly 2.5 star book I have read. Goodreads doesn't allow for half stars, but usually I can figure out easily if I will round up or round down. With this book, that is...

  • Debbie

    4.5, rounded up-ioidDon’t go looking for drugs!There aren’t any, even though the book title makes you think there are. (Okay, okay, yes, the uncle is a druggie, but that doesn’t really count bec...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Riggle had to move in with his uncle at the local trailer park after losing his over-the-road trucker dad in an automobile accident follow...

  • Nenia ?? Queen of Villainy ?? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestWhat a strange book. OPIOID, INDIANA paints a rather desolate portrait of Middle America under the Trump presidency. Riggle is a transplant fr...

  • Scott

    "In the principal's office, they told me I'd be suspended the next Monday through Friday. I thought: How the **** is that supposed to teach me a lesson? I'm getting a vacation . . . What follows is th...

  • Danger

    There's tons of imagination on display here, while still painting a relateable coming-of-age narrative, equal parts funny, truthful, and sad. This is the kind of book that high schools should make the...

  • Janie C.

    A coming of age story with a likeable and totally relatable seventeen year old at its core. Riggle is an orphan who has been through the system and currently lives with his drug addicted uncle and his...

  • Eric

    Opioid, Indiana by Brian Allen Carr details the hardscrabble life of seventeen-year-old Riggle in an unnamed, small town in modern-day Indiana. Riggle lives with his uncle and aunt, after being taken ...

  • Matthew Quann

    What a mixed experience! I enjoyed young Riggle's voice and the book works best when we're getting a tour of his town (nicknamed Opioid, Indiana for its opiate-addicted populace) and its people. Unfor...