The Risk of Being Ridiculous 

Guy Maynard


A Historical Novel of Love and Revolution


ISBN: 9781555716714
Pages: 296


It’s Boston 1969 and nineteen-year-old Ben Tucker lives in a funky apartment on Mountfort Street with his tribe of fellow long-haired freaks. Together they mix radical street politics, a love of rock and roll, and celebratory drug use in their desperate search for lives that make sense in a world distorted by war, racism, and bankrupt values.

RIDICULOUS takes you on a passionate, lyrical six-week ride through confrontation and confusion, courts and cops, parties and politics, school and the streets, Weathermen and women’s liberation, acid and activism, revolution and reaction. And, of course, Love—as through it all, Ben feverishly pursues the long-shot desire of his life: Sarah Stein.

Guy Maynard vividly evokes the passions and fevered tempo of those times—the music, the weed, the hitchhiking, the fellowship, the idealism, the outrage, and the wildness in the streets as the overwhelming need to do something, whether brave or foolish or both, ran headlong at the forces of civil order. If you came of age in that riotous and magical period of American life, you’re likely to recognize variations of your own story in this lively narrative.

-John Daniel, author of “Rogue River Journal” and “The Far Corner,” and Oregon Book Award winner

Read the First 20 Pages Here!