Thad Ziolkowski is blond, lean, and I imagine he writes with a surfboard not far from his desk in his New York apartment. In 2003, Ziolkowskireleased On a Wave
, a memoir documenting the return to his firstlove—surfing—years after abandoning the sport of his early teenage years in Florida for the writer's life in the city.
In tone and description, Ziolkowski perfected the surf memoir (he may have also founded it)—so much so that readers of On a Wave
might do a double take when they see the cover of his first novel in bookstores this week published by Europa editions. The unmistakable spiral of a tornado rises above the title Wichita
. That's a long, long way from Melbourne Beach, Florida.
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