It’s Boston 1969 and nineteen-year-old Ben Tucker lives in a funky apartment on Mountfort Street with his tribe of fellow long-haired freaks. Together they mix radical street politics, a love of rock and roll, and celebratory drug use in their desperate search for lives that make sense in a world distorted by war, racism, and bankrupt values.


Ridiculous takes you on a passionate, lyrical six-week ride through confrontation and confusion, courts and cops, parties and politics, school and the streets, Weathermen and women’s liberation, acid and activism, revolution and reaction. And, of course, Love—as through it all  Ben feverishly pursues the long-shot desire of his life: Sarah Stein

The Risk of Being Ridiculous
A Historical Novel of Love and Revolution

By Guy Maynard

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“A Romance As Tender As Any You’ll Read”


In The Risk of Being Ridiculous, Guy Maynard goes big. He captures both the essence of that one colorfully wild historical moment—the late 1960s—and the timeless yearning for meaning. Ben Tucker is angry and exuberant, unmoored and loyal, smart and stoned and courageous. And lovesick. The only thing more moving than young Ben’s willingness to put himself on the line, any line, to make a difference is his willingness to show his whole complicated confused self to Sarah. In the end, theirs is a romance as tender as any you'll read.


—Ana Maria Spagna, author of Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus: A Daughter’s Civil Rights Journey, winner of the 2009 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize


“Vividly Evokes the Passions”


In the late 1960s, as riptides of unrest swept the college campuses of America, the lives of many students careened out of the classroom in challenge to the social and political norms of their society.  That era can seem distant, but not in this book. Guy Maynard vividly evokes the passions and fevered tempo of those times—the music, the weed, the hitchhiking, the fellowship, the idealism, the outrage, and the wildness in the streets as the overwhelming need to do something, whether brave or foolish or both, ran headlong at the forces of civil order.  If you came of age in that riotous and magical period of American life, you’re likely to recognize variations of your own story in this lively narrative.


—John Daniel, author of Rogue River Journal and The Far Corner, and Oregon Book Award winner

Guy Maynard is a writer who lives in Eugene, Oregon.