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I was first introduced to The Cost of Living when I heard Rob Roberge read at Roar Shack. The excerpt — about an addict called Bud Barrett whose friend talks him into digging up a relative’s grave to steal jewelry to hawk for drug money — was disturbing and intense and sad and unexpectedly hilarious! “She was dead,” the reluctant Bud rationalizes —

So of course, I had to read the novel. Every page of The Cost of Living is an entertaining ride: Reckless musicians on tour, hooking up with strangers and going on drug binges. Recovering addicts going to all the uncomfortable places in search of redemption. The heady ecstatic highs of mania, the soul-wrenching lows of depression. The characters go all over the place — geographically and emotionally — and take you with them —

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