The Talking Book

Nonprofit Audiobook Publisher of Indie Lit

By Dylan Hicks
Narrated By Christina Traister
Music By Dylan Hicks
Length: Coming Soon
Release Date: 5-2017
Print Pub: Coffee House Press


The under-motivated and over-ambitious collide in this novel of manners, money, and the tricky line between friendship and long con.

Archer is a sex toy heir. His best friend, John, is as earnest as Archer is feckless. John’s girlfriend, Sara, writes Archer’s semi-celebrated novels for him. Sara’s roommate, Lucas, wishes he’d never lost his girlfriend to the man. Money, friendship, and resentment unspool in the conversations we have as we’re coming of age and coming to grips.


“Hicks, a Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter, is winningly deft with language. From the opening paragraph, neither commas nor em dashes can rein in his enthusiasm for the craft of storytelling, which Hicks embraces with contagious energy and sharp humor.” —New York Times Sunday Book Review

“A sprightly tale about friendship and courtship, money, love, assorted complications—and writers. Felicitous characters and a scrumptious plot make Hicks’ second novel refreshing and fun.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“[Amateurs is] a sharply observed and very funny novel . . . [Hicks] has perfect pitch.” —The Guardian

A bright, perceptive story about friends trying with mixed results to wrestle with the pressures of adulthood… Hicks does a near-perfect job tracing each character’s evolving needs, desires and resentments over the course of seven years.” —Los Angeles Times


Dylan Hicks is a songwriter, musician, and writer. His work has appeared in the Village Voice, the New York Times, the Star TribuneCity Pages, and Rain Taxi, and he has released three albums under his own name. A fourth, Sings Bolling Greene, was released as a companion album to his first novel Boarded Windows. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife, Nina Hale, and his son, Jackson.

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