The Car Thief

Described as “one of the best coming-of-age novels of the twentieth century,” Theodore Weesner’s modern American classic is now relaunched for a new generation of readers to discover. It’s 1959. Sixteen-year-old Alex Housman has just stolen his fourteenth car and frankly doesn’t know why. His divorced, working-class father grinds out the night shift at the local Chevy plant in Detroit and looks forward to the flask in his glove compartment and the open bottles of booze in his Flint, Michigan, home. Broke and fighting to survive, Alex and his father face the realities of estrangement, incarceration, and even violence as their lives unfold toward the climactic episode that a New York Times reviewer called “one of the most profoundly powerful in American fiction.” In this rich, beautifully crafted story, Weesner has written a transcendent piece of literature in deceptively simple language, painting a powerful portrait of a father and a son, otherwise invisible among the mundane, everyday details of life in blue-collar America. A true and enduring American classic.

About The Author

 THEODORE WEESNER, born in Flint, Michigan, is aptly described as “Writers’ Writer” by the larger literary community. His short works have been published in the New Yorker, Esquire, Saturday Evening Post, Atlantic Monthly, and Best American Short Stories. His novels, including The True Detective, Winning the City, and Harbor Light, have been published to great critical acclaim in the New York Times, Washington Post, Harper’s, Boston Globe, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Boston Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times to name a few. He is currently writing his memoir, two new novels, and an adaptation of his widely praised novel—retitled Winning the City Redux—also to be published by Astor + Blue Editions. He lives and works in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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