Mongrels: A Novel by Stephen Graham Jones
By Stephen Graham Jones
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A spellbinding and darkly funny coming-of-age tale approximately an strange boy, whose kin lives at the edge of society and struggles to outlive in a adverse global that shuns and fears them.
He used to be born an interloper, just like the remainder of his family members. negative but resilient, he lives within the shadows together with his aunt Libby and uncle Darren, folks who stubbornly make their method in a society that doesn't comprehend or wish them. they're mongrels, combined blood, neither this nor that. The boy on the heart of Mongrels needs to come to a decision if he belongs at the highway together with his aunt and uncle, or if he suits with the folk at the different facet of the tracks.
For ten years, he and his family members have lived a lifetime of late-night exits and slim escapes-always at the movement around the South to stick one step prior to the legislations. however the time is approaching while Darren and Libby will ultimately understand if their nephew is like them or now not. And the shut calls they've been operating from for therefore lengthy are catching up quickly now. every little thing is ready to change.
A compelling and interesting trip, Mongrels alternates among earlier and current to create an unforgettable portrait of a boy attempting to comprehend his kinfolk and his position in a fancy and unforgiving international. a wise and cutting edge tale- humorous, bloody, uncooked, and real-told in a rhythmic voice filled with middle, Mongrels is a deeply relocating, occasionally grisly, novel that illuminates the demanding situations and gentle joys of a lifestyles past the normal in a daring and ingenious new way.
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Author Name: Stephen Graham Jones
Author Description: Stephen Graham Jones is the writer of fifteen novels and 6 collections. He particularly likes werewolves and slashers. favourite novels switch day-by-day, yet Valis and Love drugs and Lonesome Dove and It and The issues They Carried are all frequently up there someplace. Stephen lives in Boulder, Colorado. It's an incredible swap from the West Texas he grew up in. He's married with a pair youngsters, and possibly one too many trucks.
Author URL: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/96300
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