Broken Piano for President


“A rollicking good time of a novel.”
–Greg Olear, author of FATHERMUCKER and TOTALLY KILLER

Ever drank too much and forgot what happened? Don’t be embarrassed. Deshler Dean faces this problem every day of his life.

Dean is far more brilliant and productive when he’s blackout drunk. In the last few months alone, he has invented a hamburger more addictive than crystal meth, scored a six-figure record contract for his terrible art rock band, and started dating a woman he doesn’t even recognize. Worse yet, he has become entangled in the biggest war since the Allies took on Germany.

When rival fast food chains duke it out for control over Dean’s burger-inventing genius, Dean and his band mates plunge into the absurd world of corporate paranoia and greed. As the violence of the burger wars spills out onto the streets, it’s up to them to win over the hearts (and stomachs) of the American people and save the country from the equivalent of a deep-fried nuclear warhead.

With the humor of Christopher Moore and the madcap sprawl of Thomas Pynchon, Broken Piano for President is a comic masterpiece about the fast food industry, booze, and the necessity to choose happiness over work and security.


15 Responses to Broken Piano for President

  1. J9 says:

    I certainly would have never heard of this book. I’m glad it’s in the “spotlight”. I will definitely give it a read! Congrats.

  2. Paul M says:

    If the author of this book is also the author of the copy on this page, it sounds like it may be a lot of fun. The premise of an addictive hamburger, however, has been around for decades, and was even a major plot device of the movie ‘Good Burger.’

    That won’t stop me from seeking it out for my Kindle, though, ’cause it still looks like a helluva good read!

  3. Susan says:

    I heard about this book on NPR in regards to the cover (and very nice request to remove it). Good publicity for sure. I wouldn’t have known about it. Looking forward to the read.

  4. Uncle Monster says:

    I too found Broken Piano due to the letter from Jack Daniels. I’m certainly glad I did. This is a totally messed up book. I loved it. It’s ironic that I found the website on National Cheeseburger Day.

  5. Hannah says:

    Are there any hardcover copies of the book? I read the first few pages on amazon and the book sounds incredible but only available in paperback 😦 I love reading and tend to destroy paperbacks as I read them so often…..

  6. Hannah says:

    Barely legal paperback it is :p

  7. Gary says:

    If Chuck Palahniuk and Max Barry ever decided to secretly collaborate on something, their pen name would be Patrick Wensink. Brilliant book; I’m very thankful for the “cover controversy” or I’d never have heard of it.

  8. Ken Berens says:

    I found a copy of Broken Piano in a clearance section of half-price books. I’m glad I did.

    The aftertaste is my favorite element of the book – chaos isn’t so chaotic in hindsight. I plan on seeking out more of your writing. What’s your favorite novel you’ve written?

    • Hi Ken! Great to hear from you. I’m so happy you enjoyed the book. I’d say if you liked BPFP, then you would also love my most recent novel, FAKE FRUIT FACTORY.

      Thanks again for reading!

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