Afternoons with Harvey Beam
As a young man, Harvey Beam got the hell out of his hometown, confirming his suspicions that you can successfully run away from your problems.
But after forging a big-city career in talkback radio, Harvey is now experiencing a ‘positional hiatus’. The words aren’t coming out right, Harvey’s mojo is fading and a celebrity host is eyeing his timeslot.
Back in Shorton, Harvey’s father Lionel appears at long last to be dying. It seems it’s finally time for Harvey Beam to head home and face a different kind of music.
In wading through a past that seems disturbingly unchanged, the last thing he expects is a chance encounter with a wonderful stranger …
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘Cracking dialogue from likeable Harvey Beam, talkback radio host, who has lost his way in a big way … brilliant debut …’ Australian Women’s Weekly
‘Cox excels at creating sympathy for her emotionally stunted lead. The rehabilitation of Harvey, a deeply flawed character, is vulnerable, darkly comic, and assembled like a well-laid fire. Careful and precise … Cox honors the source of Harvey’s past behavior while still insisting that it’s time to let it go.’ Foreword Magazine
‘Like a talkback show, like Beam himself, Afternoons With Harvey Beam is humorous all along the way. It has a jolly quality and sadness isn’t lingered on … [an] impressive debut novel.’ Weekend Australian
‘This is the first novel from journalist and columnist Carrie Cox, but on the strength of this outing, not her last.’ Herald Sun
‘Beam finds the ordinary interesting, and this book celebrates little, commonplace things in a rare, lightly philosophical tone. I’ll be seeking out Cox’s next book.’ The Australian
‘Harvey, it turns out, for all his self-centred egotism, is familiar and funny and develops a surprising ability for self-awareness, even though he is “underwhelmed by its staccato arrival in middle age.”‘ Subiaco Post
‘a ripping good yarn with well-drawn characters, strong narrative and highly relatable experiences … The writing is exquisite – with a snappy, succinct and often hilarious turn of phrase, Carrie Cox will have lovers of literature in her thrall.’ Writing WA
‘… well written with pockets of humour, and the author is able to write with great clarity to reveal the strength and emotions flowing amongst the characters.’ Booksellers New Zealand
‘Carrie Cox’s impressive debut novel, Afternoons with Harvey Beam – a tale about the families we create ourselves, and those that we are born into that we cannot change.’ Better Reading
‘The writing is assured and restrained, and the dialogue is excellent … the characters are a delight …’ Sunday Times