The Pugilist Poets of Venice

A Boomer, an Xer, and a Millennial walk into a book…

Hammerhead Hirsch, a charismatic middle-aged boho known as The Pugilist Poet for his boxing medals and Beat poetry chops, is an ecstatic new dad—until the mom bolts. Can Head last fifteen rounds as a single dad with a paltry income, scanty prospects, biting demons, and a “ball-and-chain” kid? The tale is told by a worshipful youth who accompanies Head on a turbulent yet often hilarious ten-year journey of struggles, missteps, love, and growth.

What some fine authors say:

“This is a rollicking, big-hearted tale, full of laughter, bravery and unflinching humanity. The touch is light, but the questions are big … in this deeply funny and deeply felt novel.” (Emily Kiernan, author of The Great Divide)

“…Jon Sindell’s big fat juicy love letter to literature, Los Angeles and, most of all, love. With prose that zings, swings and frequently sings, Sindell tells a tough yet tender tale of brazen heartbreak amid ’90s bohemian hipsters.” (Tracy DeBrincat, author of Hollywood Buckaroo)

“Funny, sad, relatable, and engrossing” (Stephen D. Gutierrez, American Book Award winner)

“With unflinching honesty, humor and a keen eye for detail, Sindell brings unforgettable characters to life.” (Martin McCaw, author of The Low Road)