Charles Coe has done something remarkable and indispensable. He has reminded us, as the best fiction always does, that every person has a story to tell, even that sad, disheveled, and vaguely disturbing street-wanderer from who we a avert our eyes when we pass.Brilliant, homeless and nearly invisible, a young man wanders through Boston, looking for meaning and hope. Extreme mood swings and an unusual outlook on life make it impossible for him to thrive in mainstream society. He finds comfort in Laundromats, where he calms himself by watching clothes tumble round and round and round. And in the streets he finds other people like him, below the radar, laboring to survive. Poignant and buoyant, Spin Cycles is a story of loss, discovery, and, just possibly, redemption.
In broad strokes and tiny, precise details, Charles Coe captures, indeed, he inhabits, the mind and soul of a homeless man trying to make sense of himself as he wanders the streets of Boston. It is touching and beautiful.
–William Martin, Back Bay and The Lincoln Letters
SPIN CYCLES READING GUIDE
Charles Coe is author of two books of poetry, All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents and Picnic on the Moon (Leapfrog Press). His poetry has appeared in literary reviews and anthologies such as Poesis, The Mom Egg, Solstice Literary Review, and Urban Nature. Charles won a fellowship in poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and his poems have been set to music by a number of composers. Co-chair of the Boston Chapter of the National Writers Union, Charles was selected by the Associates of the Boston Public Library as a “Boston Literary Light for 2014.”
Paper, 100 pages
Reading level: 4.8