Sound

A Novel

T. M. Wolf

Faber and Faber, Inc.

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Built on musical notation and modeled after hip-hop beats, an innovative first novel set on the New Jersey shore among neon-lit arcades, riot-haunted blocks, and dilapidated boatyards

Sound is the story of a young man who drops out of graduate school and returns to his hometown on the New Jersey shore, only to find that home is not what he remembers it to be. Brainy, music-obsessed, and adrift, Cincy spends his days managing the crew of a local boatyard, his nights roaming the shore’s bars and boardwalks. His fleeting encounters with a woman called Vera, whose path he crosses but whose love he can never seem to earn, soon develop into an obsession. As he pursues Vera through a tangle of wild parties and packed clubs, Cincy is trailed at every step by the police, who have their own mysterious plans for him and his coworkers at the yard.

Loud with the sounds of thumping cars, riot-haunted blocks, and amusement parks, this first novel from T. M. Wolf takes the reader into uncharted territory. Sound braves an entirely new way to tell a poignant story about being young and searching for love and for home.

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Remixing My Time with Her

A portion of T.M. Wolf's upcoming novel, SOUND, "live produced" and remixed using an Akai APC-20 sampler. For more on SOUND, visit: http://tmwolf.tumblr.com @tom_tm_wolf Credits: Bus sound courtesy of gezortenplotz of FreeSound.org (http://www.freesound.org/people/gezortenplotz/sounds/44791/) Arcade sound courtesy of mrmayo of FreeSound.org (http://www.freesound.org/people/mrmayo/sounds/74913/)

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T. M. Wolf joins Adam Thirlwell and graphic designer Lucienne Roberts to discuss whether graphic design help novelists tell stories fit for a visual age, or is the future of fiction to be found in traditional narrative.

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Bookshelf - NYTimes.com
Four new books explore the beauty of poetry, hip-hop, aquatic souvenirs and Australian art, respectively.
- T: The New York Times Style Magazine

In 'Sound,' T.M. Wolf's experimental debut novel, dialogue that reads like musical notation | Capital New York
In 'Sound,' writer T.M. Wolf's experimental debut novel, out this week, dialogue resembles musical notation
- Capital New York

Sound(s) Like a Must-Read - Arts & Entertainment - The Cowl - Providence College
The latest addition to the PC Bookstore is not an ancient Western text or theological treatise, but a hot-off-the-press novel called Sound that is unlike anything you’ve read before. If the Modernists have already mastered realistic dialogue, T.M. Wolf has given us the master mix: the pregnant pauses, the awkward stumbling, that too-loud radio in the background, and everything in between.
- The Cowl


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About the Author

T. M. Wolf

T. M. Wolf is twenty-nine and grew up on the New Jersey Shore. He has written for a variety of music publications, particularly on hip-hop. He recently graduated from Yale Law School.

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Sound
A Novel
T. M. Wolf

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
April 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780865478503
ISBN10: 0865478503
7 3/8 x 9 1/8 inches, 384 pages
$18.00
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