Now is the Hour, Paperback
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


1967. Rigby John Kluesener stands in the moonlight, a flower in his hair, his thumb out trying to hitch a ride on the road to San Francisco.

The story of how he came to be there - of an adolescence spent on his parents' farm in Nowheresville, Idaho, of his father's misanthropy, his mother's strict Catholicism - is utterly real and totally unforgettable.




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Young Rigby John Kluesener commences telling his story as he is hitch-hiking on the road from Idaho to San Francisco, and in so doing goes back to the 1950s and his earlier childhood, recounting the events that led to him being on the road.He had a strict upbringing, a staunch Catholic mother, a distant, unloving father, a wayward sister and brother who did not live out his first year. At school he suffered at the hands of bullies and had few friends. But things changed as he approached his seventeenth year, he made friends, and although not friends approved by his parents, they led to his becoming a man, and a sexual awareness he had not understood despite his having found a girlfriend. His awakening came with the help of the beautiful and gay Indian, George, some twenty years his senior, an awakening that Rigby John enthusiastically embraced.Rigby John narrates his account with candour and humour, in prose individual yet reminiscent of Spanbauer's earlier novel, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, managing to make accounts of even the most mundane events into interesting and entertaining reading. It all makes for delightful tale; Now is the Hour is a sensitive, witty, and moving story told by a most likeable and unforgettable character, Rigby John.