The Car Thief

By Theodore Weesner

ISBN (Paperback):         978-1-938231-00-1

ISBN (Ebook):               978-1-938231-01-8

CATEGORY:                 Fiction / Literary



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Described as “one of the best coming of age novels of the Twentieth Century,” Theodore Weesner’s modern American classic is now re-launched for a new generation of readers to discover.

It’s 1959.  Sixteen year-old Alex Housman has just stolen his fourteenth car and frankly doesn’t know why.  His divorced, working class father grinds out the night shift at the local Chevy Plant in Detroit, looking forward to the flask in his glove compartment, and the open bottles of booze in his Flint, Michigan home.

Abandoned and alone, father and son struggle to express a deep love for each other, even as Alex fills his day juggling cheap thrills and a crushing depression. He cruises and steals, running from—and then forcing run-ins with—the police, compelled by reasons he frustratingly can’t put into words.  And then there’s Irene Shaeffer, the pretty girl in school whose admiration Alex needs like a drug in order to get by.

Broke and fighting to survive, Alex and his father face the realities of estrangement, incarceration, and even violence as their lives unfold toward the climactic episode that a New York Times reviewer called “one of the most profoundly powerful in American fiction.”

In this rich, beautifully crafted story, Weesner accomplishes a rare feat:  He’s written a transcendent piece of literature in deceptively simple language, painting a powerful portrait of a father and a son, otherwise invisible among the mundane, everyday details of life in blue collar America.  A true and enduring American classic.



Theodore Weesner was born in Flint, Michigan in 1935 .  and can be described as  writers’ writer --his short works have been published in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire. and Best American Short Stories.  His novels, The True Detective, Winning The City, Harbor Light have been published to great critical acclaim. Weesner lives and works in Portsmouth, NH and is currently writing his memoir, two new novels- “Good Night, Dear Friend’s, and a new adaptation his novel called “Winning the City Redux”—which will be published by Astor+ Blue Editions.

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