“Crash, Bang, Burn,” by K. Dawn Goodwin is the first fictional book by the author of the memoir “Until He Comes.” It follows Edie, a bible college dropout and family pariah, who finds herself in metro Atlanta trying to find herself. She meets Nathen Crosland, aka “Cross,” a fireman, and all hell breaks loose.
Like “Until He Comes,” “Crash, Bang, Burn” has a lot of sex, a lot of “oh no she didn’t!” moments, and a good bit of crazy. Unlike “Until He Comes,” the various narrators (Cross, Edie, and Cross’s kindasorta ex Braylee) don’t have the capacity for introspection that would save them from a good bit of disaster.
As someone who has spent a ridiculous amount of adult time as a divorce attorney in metro Atlanta, I can tell you that these characters are a little too real. You can see their bad decisions coming from a mile away, but you can’t stop them from making them. They seem hell-bent on sabotaging their own futures. If there is anything unrealistic about it, it is that Goodwin is a good bit smarter than her characters, and Goodwin’s own intelligence sometimes comes through in her writing and word choice. Still, it’s a fun story.
Goodwin has made this into a YouTube series in which she plays all the characters herself, it’s crude, a tad blasphemous, and highly sexual, but clever if you don’t mind those things. Click here for the link.
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