In 1984, a group of friends use a unique homework assignment to make a pact, promising to reunite twenty years in the future...with two catches: 1) No matter where you find yourself in 2004, you must come alone—leave the husband, wife, lover, and kids at home. 2) No strings attached. Their idea? To recapture youthful abandon and embrace old friendships with no strings attached. In 2004, with clear disregard for common sense, a group of friends showed up at The El Encanto Hotel in Santa Barbara, CA for a reunion. And they all came alone…or so they thought. J.E. Anzalone was at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, CA in the early 80s when a reunion plan was set into motion. Collisions Course is proof that life is not only stranger than fiction, it makes a great novel.
...Scott Heinz watched the woman lying next to him breathe as she slept. Her body was washed in purples and yellows from the sunrise that poured through the hotel window, and every breath she took seemed perfectly choreographed. It was a beautiful dance to watch, marred only by the fact that he couldn't remember her name. Being a member of a world famous band had its perks but, at almost forty, he was getting too old for this kind of nonsense. Then he saw it, the crumpled old envelope on the dresser, and the sunrise ballet next to him was immediately obscured by visions of a revolver jammed against his forehead - one of countless images the letter pried from his memory. Scott hadn't bothered to open the envelope. He already knew who it was from and what it said... “Come alone. No strings attached.”
Collisions Course is a book many have claimed "hard to put down." A little Big Chill, a little Fast Times at Ridgemont High, this semi-autobiograhical novel never fails to grab the attention of "TOTALLY IMPRESSIVE!" — Kim Rozenfeld, Exec. V.P . of Current Programs - Sony Pictures Television those who grew up in the 70s and 80s, but its diverse ensemble of characters and heartfelt story ring true for all generations of readers. After being told time and again, "Your life is like a movie. You should write a screenplay," J.E. Anzalone finally put pen to paper (fingers to keyboard), deciding, instead, on novel format to better "tell" his story. Anzalone explains, "There are no 'accidents' in life, only 'collisions,' and, well, I've had some interesting ones. Not everything in my book is based on 'actual' events, but the voice of the book is all me—my observations, my comments, my questions." In Collisions Course, Anzalone allows readers to ride shotgun as he navigates the intersecting paths of a group of friends...part fact, part fiction, but always told with a "real" voice that engages the reader in personal dialogue, as if Anzalone was spilling his guts over a cup of coffee or a beer.