Sunday, January 19, 2020

"The Blaze"

Chad Dundas’ debut novel Champion of the World was a 2016 Boston Globe Best Book of the Year as well as a finalist for the David J. Langum Sr. Prize for Historical Fiction and Reading the West Book Awards. His short fiction has appeared in the Beloit Fiction Journal, Sycamore Review, Sou’Wester and Thuglit.

Since 2001, he’s worked as a sportswriter for outlets such as ESPN, NBC Sports, The Sporting News, Bleacher Report, and the Associated Press, among others.

Dundas applied the Page 69 Test to his new novel, The Blaze, and reported the following:
I wasn’t sure what to expect from “The Page 69 Test” for The Blaze and stunned to find that page actually is pretty representative of the rest of the book. First off, much of the passage that appears on page 69 of the final version was actually among the first things I wrote while getting the initial manuscript draft underway years ago. It finds the two main characters, Matthew Rose and Georgie Porter, setting out together after an evening spent at a neighborhood bar. They stop at a truck stop and grab a 12-pack of beer to begin drinking as they trudge through the snow back to Georgie’s house – a quintessential Missoula activity if there ever was one.

Georgie is telling Matthew about one of the novel’s inciting incidents: a house fire that claims the life of a local college student. Matthew, meanwhile, is preoccupied with a mental breakthrough he made earlier that day – a fractured recollection sparked while visiting the home of his recently-deceased father that he hopes can lead to him reclaiming his lost memory. He wants to tell Georgie about it, but isn’t sure if their newly rekindled relationship has progressed to the point he can get into it.

It’s not the most action-packed page, but if you want a short primer on what the book is about – page 69 is a pretty good one.
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My Book, The Movie: The Blaze.

--Marshal Zeringue