This is not your average New Jersey childhood: a circus tiger attack, a schoolmate's abduction, heartbreaking addicts, and a blind bad-ass granny. Scott Loring Sanders' suburban adolescence overflowed with perils: bone-crushing water slides, hitchhiking serial killers, a chilling collision in a '71 Impala. From his tough, complex father to Sanders' own reckoning of fatherhood and alcohol, Surviving Jersey is a tour-de-force exploration of the risks that shape America's youth.
Scott Loring Sanders has had short fiction and nonfiction widely published and anthologized, including work selected for Best American Mystery Stories and chosen as Notable in Best American Essays. Sanders has published two novels, a collection of short fiction, and was the Writer-in-Residence at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. Surviving Jersey is his first book of nonfiction.