The Talking Book

Nonprofit Audiobook Publisher of Indie Lit

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By Steve Anwyll
Narrated By Don Moretti
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
Release Date: 7-12-2019
Print Publisher: Tyrant Books


Welfare is a coming-of-age novel about one high school boy against the world, the system, and adulthood. Leaving the comfort of his unloving father's home, squatting on couches of friends, the anti-hero of Welfare smokes and drinks and avoids all responsibility until freedom appears.

Welfare is wholly made up of four-line paragraphs and has a cadence that is uniquely its own. The narrator becomes your best friend on the first chapter.

I walk down the slight slope of their driveway. A backpack full of t-shirts and socks and underwear and books on my back. I have 50 dollars and two packs of cigarettes in the pocket of my army surplus jacket. But no lighter. You can’t have everything I tell myself. 




“Steve Anwyll's entrancing novel about a 16-year-old on welfare surprised and moved me, made me smile and laugh a lot, and increased my appreciation for life. I recommend it and look forward to reading it again.” –Tao Lin

"In wakeful, rhythmic prose, Anwyll writes a mirror for our double vision and the selves we don't want ourselves to see. There's no getting out of Welfare. The voice stays in your blood." Mila Jaroniec


Steve Anwyll lives in Canada. You can also find him on twitter.

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