RAGE IS BACK is a mind-bending journey through a subterranean world of epic heroes and villains
Cult hero Adam Mansbach (Go the F*** to Sleep) launches his latest novel: Rage is Back. Artwork by graffiti legend and cover artist Blake “KEO” Lethem will be displayed on the Arena walls. J.PERIOD will be DJing. The narrator of RAGE IS BACK is Kilroy Dondi Vance, an eighteen-year-old mixed-race Brooklynite who deals pot and goes to prep school on scholarship, all while growing up in the shadow of his absentee father Billy Rage, a legendary graffiti writer who disappeared from New York City in 1989 following a public feud with MTA police chief Anastacio Bracken. Now it’s 2005. Bracken is running for mayor of New York City. And who should Dondi discover on a rooftop in Brooklyn but his father, newly returned to the city and ready to settle the score. The return of Rage and the mayoral race of Bracken prompt a reunion of every graffiti writer who mattered in the 1980s as they plan the greatest graffiti stunt New York City has ever seen.
RAGE IS BACK delivers a mind-bending journey through a subterranean world of epic heroes and villains. Moving through the city’s unseen communities, from the tunnel camps of the Mole People to the drug dens of Crown Heights, RAGE IS BACK is many things: a dramatic, hilarious thrill ride and a love letter to New York that introduces the most powerful urban underdog narrator this side of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.