Ahead of its pre-release next Tuesday, November 24th, we thought we’d stay true to the freewheelin’ spirit of Camouflage Country and have a little fun–and also give you the chance to win signed copies!
Here’s how it works:
Below you will find four groups of sentences drawn directly from the book. Because the collection was a true collaboration between Ryan Ridge & Mel Bosworth, it’s tricky to determine where one author ends and the other begins. Which is exactly what Queen’s Ferry is asking you to do: tell us who wrote the sentences that follow–two groups belong to Ryan, two to Mel–by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; the first 4 correct responders (1 per group) will each receive a signed copy.
1) At the time I believed in love and I reckon I still do.
2) And farther off still, I can nearly hear the low rumble of something bigger than you on your loudest day.
3) We had fantastic mohawks and the world by the balls.
4) Through the dust that kicked up all around, my eyes kept returning to the horses tethered nearby, their long faces blank and beautiful as catwalk amnesiacs.
5) There we were in our minds, skin naked and pink, teeth-tearing our favorite concert tees and slam-dancing with mechanics, each of us happier and each of us the wiser for it.
6) And when the day finally comes, the reunion signal will be easy because I practice it all the time inside the saddest boxcar: knees to chest, hug forever.
7) The groove wrapped the room like a second skin and my Memphis blood took us all home.
8) Later, pensive and buzzed beside the crackle of our campfire, I took a cool swallow of Michelob Ultra, fired a snot rocket into the darkness, and told my father he’d make a damn fine mother.
9) We rolled up our lives like sleeping bags and headed toward brighter colors and louder music.
10) Outside, the world was thick with a fog that took me in like a birthday party, all cheers and backslaps and frosting stabbed with fire.
1) Everyone was a star and nothing is real.
2) I went to bed early because it was never too late.
3) Outside the rain fell like empires.
4) We are actors, dammit, children who never ceased believing.
5) Through the giant bagel marquee I watched the sunset burst from the center and thought how everything good comes from the center.
6) The cork played the room like a pinball machine.
7) Another man dousing himself in kerosene as his wife bursts into laughter from the flames.
8) My manifesto was getting lots of likes on Facebook and my Twitter followers had shot to triple digits in the few hours since I’d issued my ultimate ultimatum.
9) Martyrs happen all the time, but a modern saint is about as rare as a one-armed gymnast.
10) I didn’t believe in monsters until my sister brought one home.
1) Now the blue moon lit our skin like butane.
2) With the exception of stating that there was no digital Satan, the producers were super tightlipped about how the Virgin birth scene was accomplished.
3) Such was my beginning, long before my funding for Antarctica, long before those strippers grazed my sagging skin with their chests, breasts, and hearts.
4) We were high as Balsa-wood flyers.
5) What I got instead was a spectacular view of galaxies’ slow-motion salsa dancing and I guess I can think of worse ways to spend a few lifetimes.
6) I hoped you’d answer but all I got was the pounding sound of everything that was ever wrong.
7) The way I saw it we were like our American Adventure cabin coupon: innocent until proven unredeemable and I’d never felt more born.
8) The moon pushed beneath the horizon and rang like the close of the second round of a fight scheduled for fifteen.
9) The answer was obvious but no one would admit it: it was time to put our guns down and go home, collect our sashes from pot-bellied oaks, and press our own pot bellies into American dinner tables.
10) I turned my attention back to the darkening field, to the uninspired music, and to whatever patriotic dishonesty came next.
1) And I jumped out the window as the room became flames.
2) He’d constructed a sensory deprivation tank out of old washing machine parts and a children’s pool.
3) We married beneath a waterfall, honeymooned at the end of a rainbow.
4) I went to the store and picked up a forty of Olde English, a box of menthols, and a Shake Weight.
5) It was raining animals and we sweated nude in the glass-walled parlor of my attorney’s home in the hills.
6) Whoa, whoa, whoa.
7) The moon looked like a dark disc with light leaking from it.
8) We wanted to sleep in our own beds, and for once, we wanted to wake up in a world that didn’t seem shot.
9) He had eyes like shiny new shovels and when no one was looking I suspected he dug deep into the pharmacy stash.
10) I was a man without a plan––hungover and already half-drunk––and just stupid enough to think everything was going to be all right.
Come one, come all!