Budding Prospects

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Budding Prospects
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US edition cover
Author T. C. Boyle
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date
May 3, 1984
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 326 p.
ISBN 0-670-19439-5
OCLC 10146303
813/.54 19
LC Class PS3552.O932 B8 1984

Budding Prospects is a 1984 novel by T. C. Boyle. It details the misadventure of protagonist Felix Nasmyth, who plans to get rich by illegally growing marijuana.


Felix Nasmyth, the first-person narrator, is a young man who, as he tells readers right at the beginning of the book, has "always been a quitter". Without any hopes for the future, he is persuaded by one of his few friends to take part in a "summer camp"—a secluded rural area in Mendocino County, California-and grow marijuana on a large scale.

The illegal business venture seems doomed from the start, but for once Nasmyth decides to prove something to himself and follow through. In the end, after many misadventures, the venture is a failure.

At the same time Nasmyth has made the acquaintance of a lovely girl and has fallen in love with her. He ends his narrative on an optimistic note, returning to the girl with plans to "plant a little seed".

Book information[edit]

Budding Prospects by T. C. Boyle

TV adaptation[edit]

In September, 2016, Amazon Video greenlit a pilot based on the book. The series, based on the life of Kal Spelletich, stars Will Sasso as Gesh, and is directed by Terry Zwigoff. [1] The pilot became available for streaming on March 17, 2017.[2]


  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 26, 2016). "Amazon Greenlights 'Budding Prospects' Pot Comedy Pilot Starring Will Sasso". Deadline. Deadline.com. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ Keene, Allison (March 16, 2017). "New Amazon Pilots, Ranked: 'Oasis,' 'Budding Prospects,' 'Master Legend' & More". Collider. Collider.com. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 

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