Bad Foundationsis a comedic absurdist novel about a home foundation inspector whose own home life is falling apart.
Cook does not have an ordinary job. He spends his days inspecting people’s crawl spaces, cataloging their filth and photographing the decay. At his other job, as a father, he has to learn how to bond with his teenage daughter, but that’s hard to do when covered in spider webs.
High on legal weed and searching for answers to life’s mysteries, Cook works alongside similar colorful characters trying to make money and save for the future. That is until a bad sales month spirals out into a quantum stay at a surreal Ohio hotel.
New friendships are made, old curses are dealt with, and the local police force is put to the test. Told in a stylized working-class voice, Brian Allen Carr is a true raconteur of the American Midwest.
Brian Allen Carr is the author of OPIOID, INDIANA, is an Aspen Words Finalist and a Wonderland Book Award winner. Originally from Texas, he lives in central Indiana with his family.
“Artful...exacting…blue-collar mayhem at its bleariest.” —Publishers Weekly
“A great read. Brian Carr’s Bad Foundations is foundational solid. Early on, a question is put to our narrator, do the cracks have to mean something. The novel tells us that cracks in the foundation mean many things. These are real people in a real world dealing with real stuff. This very funny, very smart novel.” —Percival Everett, winner of the 2023 Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction and author of Erasure
"Bad Foundations by Brian Allen Carr is a raw and ferocious journey into the heart of the working class. It bleeds desperation and devours hope. Brian Carr is a blue-collar Raymond Carver, a Midwest Philip Roth who opens the pulsating wound that is the myth of the American Dream." —S.A. Cosby, best-selling author of RAZORBLADE TEARS and BLACKTOP WASTELAND
“With the journalistic thoughtfulness of Studs Terkel and the frenetic powerhouse reporting energy of Hunter S. Thompson, Brian Allen Carr depicts everyday American life and people with an observant, witty, and tender eye. Carr‘s Southern and Midwestern lyrical heart is unmatched.”—Cynthia Pelayo, Bram Stoker Award-winning author
"Electrifyingly good." —New York Magazine
“Carr finds all the grimy, seemingly mundane minutes of our lives and polishes them up before he presents them back to us as treasure. What a rare and beautiful gift that is.” —Sadie Hartmann the Mother of Horror author of 101 Horror Books to Read Before You're Murdered