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5 Stars!  “Gwen Banta’s The Fly Strip is an uproariously funny historical novel that will have you in stitches…Gwen Banta is a genius. She managed to convey the seriousness of the times and at the same time managed to inject humor to bring her story to life…it is highly educational, entertaining, and emotional.” – Kerliza Foon for Readers’ Favorite

“…It’s evident that something special is being finely tuned in The Fly Strip. Think Catcher in the Rye, but with a greater focus on social events. Think To Kill a Mockingbird, but with the mature eye of a seventeen-year-old… As readers pursue The Fly Strip, one thing becomes evident: this is an extraordinary coming-of-age story.” D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

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“Gwen Banta is J.D. Salinger reincarnated. Her language is so rich, so palatable and enveloping that readers feel bathed in it and rejuvenated by it. What a read! What a pleasure!” – Dmitry M. Arbuck, Author – Mastermind

 “Gwen Banta has a resonant voice, one that pulls you into highways and bus terminals. For anyone who ever wanted to disappear, or feels like they already have….” – Gerard Way, Musician – My Chemical Romance; Author – The Umbrella Academy (Eisner Award Winner)

The Fly Strip is wonderfully written novel. Gwen Banta provides the reader with a startling authentic voice in her 17 year old main character, Weed Clapper, who is relatable, funny…and tragic. Early 1960’s rural Indiana is a time and place ripe for Weed’s journey…and there is a connection between Weed’s conflicts to those of our youth today. This is an epic adventure– one that I imagine will not only be a best selling novel, but also a beautiful film. Kudos to Gwen for giving us such a great literary work!” – Jeff Lester, Director/CEO, Big Picture Studios

photo-1442906361539-6f7052120e7b(2) The Fly Strip has nice, patient rhythms. The story unfolds in a quiet, unhurried way, leaving room for lots of texture and ambience.” – Steven Bochco, Producer – NYPD Blue, LA Law; Author – Death by Hollywood

“Through Weed, Banta displays her gift for fresh, evocative language…. A spirited tale about finding a new place in the world.” – KIRKUS

Sept 15, 2016 – Al Chase, The White Rhino Report

“The Fly Strip A Novel by Gwen Banta – Weed Clapper Is A Countrified Holden Caulfield

Author Gwen Banta in her novel, “The Fly Strip,” manages to speak with the authentic sounding voice of a teenager coming of age in the 1960s in rural Indiana. Her Weed Clapper is a countrified Holden Caulfield, and Banta is as poetic in her writing as was J.D. Salinger.”

“This wonderful story is a journey into the world of artistic awe. The author took me to a small town In Indiana, where the characters came alive and let me become part of their lives. The story was so deep and meaningful, it will remain with the reader long after the book is put down. (That meaningful page-turner, where the hair stands up on your arms and you can’t wait to delve into the next chapter.)”  – Colleen Baxter Sullivan, Author