Now is Not the Time to Panic

by Kevin, Wilson is set into motion when two teenagers, the awkward aspiring writer Frankie and the budding Banksy-like artist Zeke, meet at a public pool in Coalfield, Tennessee in the summer of 1996. Neither of them knows it then, but that summer will change their lives in ways that go far beyond the clichés of coming-of-age fiction. Bonded by their creativity and jittery desire to leave Coalfield, where “every single thing that you loved became a source of both intense obsession and possible shame”, Frankie and Zeke embark on both a teenage romance and an art project. They make a poster emblazoned with an enigmatic slogan--“The edge is a shantytown filled with gold seekers, we are the new fugitives, and the law is skinny with a hunger for us”--and anonymously plaster the posters all over town. Soon, their art gets caught up in the 1990s, pre-internet Satanic panic, with implications extending beyond their youth into their adult lives.