The world’s first pregnant virgin in over 2000 years lives in Missoula, Montana. Her nomadic best friend is wallowing in the fallout of a disastrous Las Vegas love affair when she asks him to come back home for the miraculous birth. Now he has no choice but to return once again to the one town he can’t ever seem to stay away from for long. Smashing Laptops is a romance with wanderlust among a community of guerrilla artists, gnostic magicians, and fly-fishing fanatics peering over the edge of the millennium, as rotary phones and telephone poles slowly disintegrate into the 21st century.
“Wagner’s book is beautifully written, and true, and filled with serious tenderness… You can see the words of certain passages scrawled in a notebook before they’ve been transcribed. It’s the sort of writing that can only come from experience, given to us raw and unfiltered with a charm that requires only a little prodding to fall for.” -Molly Laich, Missoula Independent (Read the full review here)
“A love letter to his hometown, Smashing Laptops is Josh Wagner’s wild story about coming back home to Missoula. Seeking solace from his travels, and a lost jacket, Josh meets up with one bent old friend after another, all of them in the wilderness of their twenties, and together they wander the alleys and bars and riverbanks in search of something beautiful and holy. He swims the Clark Fork River, seizes The Ritz for free beer, marvels at the mysteries of love and loss, and gives a sermon with a spatula in the empty apartment of a pregnant virgin, his dear friend who refuses to concede that her baby is not a miracle. The question here is always who am I and where do I fit in the world? What is the meaning of all of this breath and sky and water? Who do I love and what does that mean for my life? Josh Wagner’s story is a tumbling, unpredictable and hilarious guide for anyone seeking the way back home again.”
David Allan Cates; Author of X out of Wonderland and Freeman Walker