My father, in 1966, jumped off a third story hotel
balcony with intentions of diving headfirst into a pool.
The problem was, the supports were loose and gave way
as he stood atop the iron railing and pushed off. . .
This is not your average New Jersey childhood: a circus tiger attack, a schoolmate’s
abduction, heartbreaking addicts, and a blind bad-ass granny. Scott Loring Sanders’
suburban adolescence overflowed with perils: bone-crushing water slides, hitchhiking
serial killers, a chilling collision in a ‘71 Impala. From his tough, complex father to
Sanders’ own reckoning of fatherhood and alcohol, SURVIVING JERSEY is a tour-de-force
exploration of the risks that shaped a generation’s youth.
"SURVIVING JERSEY is an amusement park of riches, and Scott Sanders is your brave, big-hearted tour guide, leading the way through a series of unforgettably madcap adventures. Exuberant, gritty, and laugh-out-loud funny, this book is one for the ages."
- Matthew Vollmer, author of Gateway to Paradise
"Childhood is precarious, and so are families, and apparently so is the Garden State. Scott Loring Sanders’ SURVIVING JERSEY brings all of these perilous locations vividly to life in an absorbing amalgam of ravenous tigers, crazy coincidences, memorable characters, and human folly. A good read for anyone from New Jersey, or anyone seeking a few compelling reasons to steer clear."
- Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire
Scott Loring Sanders has had short fiction and nonfiction widely
published and anthologized, including work selected for Best
American Mystery Stories and chosen as Notable in Best
American Essays. Sanders has published two novels, a collection
of short fiction, and was the Writer-in-Residence at the Camargo
Foundation in Cassis, France. Surviving Jersey is his first book of
Launch event: October 4, 2017, Porter Square Books, Cambridge
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Danger & Insanity in The Garden State
Scott Loring Sanders
$15.00 paperback ISBN 9781944853358