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Jonathan Adams, January 20, 2012 (view all comments by Jonathan Adams)
A dark melody of modern life, revolving around desperate characters who's only real connection is the loneliness that draws them to Damascus a dive bar for the forgotten. This novel is the answer to the wizard of Oz for those who prefer hard spirits to fairy dust and munchkins.
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Language that jumps off the page and grabs you, not by the throat or any other lifethreatening parts, but rather grabs something inside of you that loves words and loves character and loves voice and loves a voice that has something to say. This is a story about love and war, many kinds of both, and it breaks your heart open.
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Mohr, Joshua
Two Dollar Radio
Literature-A to Z
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Product details 224 pages Two Dollar Radio - English 9780982684894 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Browbeaten characters belly up to a San Francisco saloon in Mohr's third novel, rife with themes of humanity, passion, and determined resilience. Damascus, a seedy Mission District dive bar (where 'every interchange was a con, every night, a pitiful costume party'), is the home away from home for a ragtag troupe of oddballs headlined by cancer patient 'No Eyebrows'; hand-job hooker Irene, aka 'Shambles'; the numbingly insecure bar owner, Owen, of an unfortunate birth mark who dresses as Santa; and local artist Syl, best friend to Owen's lesbian niece, Daphne. Syl is debuting her controversial painting installation of 12 dead soldiers at Damascus, much to the fury of injured Iraq war veteran Byron Settles, who, over the course of the story, conspires to destroy both the artwork and the bar. More impressive, however, is the coupling of Shambles and No Eyebrows. Her growing affection for the rapidly deteriorating cancer victim makes for an unlikely yet intense pairing that Mohr (Termite Parade) lovingly develops with unfettered affection. It's the story line that carries the rest of the book. Not all the circumstances gel; a street scene confrontation with Owen and the father of a little girl who comments that Owen looks like Adolf Hitler feels contrived as does the overwritten hostage scene and firestorm at Damascus, but this accomplished effort demonstrates Mohr's rich, resonant prose, authentically rendered settings, and deft characterization." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , An ambitious, uplifting, and vital new work that underlines Joshua Mohr's relevance as a major American voice.
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