Reviews By Prominent Authors & Critics

“The narrator of BOTTOMS UP may be the most catastrophic drunk to appear in an American novel since UNDER THE VOLCANO... The sex scenes provide operatically comic moments, funny and telling in themselves... Putnam spent a long time working outside the system. The compelling quality of his voice and the originality of what he has to say suggest there are still rewards for anyone strong enough to swim against the current.”

— Madison Smartt Bell In the Philadelphia Inquirer

“BOTTOMS UP is an impressive achievement. Extraordinarily well written, it details in living color the misery and dead ends of alcoholism. It perfectly captures the disillusionment and loss of meaning that have been changing our society for the last 30 years. Not bad for one book.”

— Terry Pringle In the Dallas Morning News

“Putnam’s writing lends itself to making his audience feel any emotion he wants them to. Though you sympathize for Gordon’s wasted life, Putnam makes you feel his nonchalance. You care deeply for him, and perhaps identify with him somewhat, yet strangely you do not wish for him to recover or piece his life together. Read any book in the Bancroft series and be ready to share in the addiction.”

— Julia Carty In the Boston Daily Free Press

“Leavening his tale with dark humor, Putnam writes with honest, unsparing self-awareness about an unstoppable addiction.”

— Publishers Weekly

Bottoms Up

By Jeff Putnam

BOTTOMS UP is about a time-honored hell on earth: a story sure to disgust even the young, and in its honest depiction of the perils of piggishness, bring delight to lovers of decency everywhere.

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About the author

Born in New York and educated mostly in New England and California, Jeff Putnam traveled extensively throughout his life, working professionally as a singer, with periods of settlement in France and Spain. In Europe he sang in opera houses and was successful busking in cafes and on the streets. After a trip to Dallas, Texas, to be with two children of his second wife he met Jane Howle, also a writer, and married her. Ms. Howle saw promise in four books (among many) that Putnam had written about his life, and published them under a new imprint called Baskerville Publishers (after a family name) which went on to publish more than fifty books by promising or neglected authors like her new husband. Putnam worked for her as editor-in-chief under a different name (Samuel Chase) throughout the 90s. Health issues forced the sale of Baskerville to a Fort Worth businessman but when Putnam recovered he continued to run it from 2000 to 2004, and then began publishing with his own imprint (Avenue Publishers). From 2003 the couple have dwelt off and on in Canada, where Putnam has sung with Opera New Brunswick and given concerts in New Brunswick and Maine (in 2003 he was Colline in a production of La Bohème by Maine Grand Opera; in 2007 he had a part in an Opera New Brunswick performance of La Traviata). He and his wife now reside in Dallas close by their son Samuel and Christian, a son by another marriage. Putnam has daughters in Florida and Belgium. His Belgian daughter, Justine, ran a restaurant for some years in Antwerp and now runs a company that translates and edits books for Belgian authors. Jeff and Jane are now contemplating retirement in West Texas after Jane has built her dream house there of hemp-lime construction (see Abner DDAY).