a rum truck

a novel by mike avitabile

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About the book

In the spring of 2007, two best friends inadvertently start a popular rock band while driving a stolen delivery truck across the western United States.

Blake Caldaro, a rum-obsessed 22-year-old, finds himself sobering up on the northbound highway out of Puerto Vallarta with more bottles than he could ever drink and the keys to another man’s truck. Joining him for the ride is his carefree and ever-sarcastic friend, Booker. Despite narrowly escaping the country intact, the pair quickly grow restless and decide to take the truck back on the road. Anything - even the risk of getting caught - is better than their dead-end lives in L.A.

In a Denver bar, they become friends with a loner passing through town. The trio jokingly begin to pose as a touring band, happily enjoying the perks of fake stardom as they repeat the hoax each night in a different city and venue. Their band quickly gains popularity on a brand new social media forum – Twitter – and they soon face the unexpected challenges of their increasing fame.

This roving narrative explores the live-for-today mentality of the young and aimless while embracing the binds of friendship and adulthood. A Rum Truck is both deadpan and insightful, and it is the quirky and unapologetic narrator who ultimately steals the spotlight.

In this standout debut, Avitabile's voice is sharp, funny, and undeniable. Introducing himself to the world through this rum-soaked tale of irresponsibility, he offers a witty, honest depiction of the spoils of Internet fame, a love of live music, and a view into a life spent wandering.

A Rum Truck is a novel written by Mike Avitabile.

Like every other fiction writer before him, he lazily drew from his own experiences to create this story. Did he actually steal a truck full of rum in Mexico? Did he really start a fake band in a Denver bar? It depends on who you ask. Besides, who are you? A cop? Why are you asking so many questions?

"This book is not about the truck or where it ends up taking them," says Avitabile. "Sure, that's there. But that's not why I wrote it. I wrote this story so I could write about a relationship between two best friends. It doesn't matter if they're driving a truck or starting a band or just sitting in L.A. with nothing to do. Their friendship is what makes them interesting."

"I think that anyone can relate to their story. If you've ever had a friend and if you've ever thought, 'Hey, they should make a movie about us' - this is that movie. It just happens to be a novel. And it's not about you, because that probably wouldn't be very interesting. It's about me. But, still. This is that movie."

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Calendar

This novel follows a factual timeline.
Check out what was going on during the Spring of 2007
and decide for yourself if this really happened.


SB
March 11 - 17, 2007

Spring Break. Okay, this could have happened to anybody. And most people probably wouldn't remember it, either.

CS
March 24, 2007

Circa Survive at Avalon, in Hollywood, California. One of the best live shows you can ever pay money to go see.

BN
April 7, 2007

Brand New and Kevin Devine at the Marquee Theater, in Tempe, Arizona. Their record label was lucky to have them.

KD
May 5, 2007

The 133rd Kentucky Derby. Calvin Borel rides Street Sense to victory. And then he cries on national television.

MtB
May 5, 2007

Minus the Bear at The Echo in Silverlake, California. Or is it the Echoplex? Or just the Echo?

5M
May 5, 2007

Cinco de Mayo. Fuck this holiday. It is terrible. Please don't celebrate this next year.

This is the no-spoiler version of the calendar.
Read the book to find out more!

Map

Learn a little bit more about the places the truck visited along the way



Map

1
Puerto Vallarta

It's like Cancun for people who have never been to Cancun.

2
Nogales

It's what a waiter says when the restaurant is out of Gales.

3
Mexicali

Where you can get a rush paint job in an abandoned parking lot. Dust storm included, free of charge.


4
Los Angeles

Home of the brave. Also home of about 14 million
other people, too.

5
Phoenix

Don't blink or you'll miss the excitement.

6
Tuba City

The mayor of Hell goes to Tuba City
to feel better about his job.


7
Moab

Arches and sand. And Moab Jesus, too.

8
Grand Junction

It's a fairly standard junction, really.

9
Denver

Don't forget to visit the "Brick" part of the city.


10
Boulder

Keep telling yourself you're a great place to live.

11
Beaver

What's a road trip without a place called Beaver?

12
Las Vegas

A city where a fake band can blend right in.


13
San Diego

Not bad, if perfection is your kind of thing.

14
San Francisco

You guys should talk to the guys in Boulder.

15
Sacramento

The city so nice, they named it... ah, wait. Never mind.


16
Portland

Any place where breakfast is the big draw is a place
where the people can't be too pretty.

17
Seattle

Like Portland, but without the good breakfast.

18
Boise

The only thing lower than the drink prices are the expectations of its visitors.

Gallery

Did it really happen?
There does seem to be some evidence out there.


Portfolio 1 No peeking Idaho
Portfolio 2 road life Oregon
Portfolio 3 for miles and miles Arizona
Portfolio 4 it wasn't a good lunch, anyway California
Portfolio 5 nice handwriting, jesus Moab · Utah
Portfolio 6 Okay, calm down Boise · Idaho
Portfolio 7 utah blake sighting moab · utah
Portfolio 8 suggestion: beer = rum Colorado
Portfolio 9 Import and Export Los Angeles · California
Portfolio 10 through a lens los angeles·california
Portfolio 11 separation anxiety utah
Portfolio 12 rio grande Arizona
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