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The Metal Shredders
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John Bonner is sure that any time now he will recover from the sting of his recent separation from his wife. And he's begun to wonder if he truly wants to spend the rest of his days running the family scrap metal business, an operation where his employees are likely to have made the very license plates they now shred. His sister, Octavia, has just returned to Ohio from Boston to nurture the pain of her own broken relationship, and she is more certain: following in the footsteps of their imperious father is a recipe for emotional disaster.
But then two of John's more eccentric workmen discover thousands of dollars stashed in the trunk of a car, the remains of a drug deal gone bad. What to do with this unexpected cash draws John and his sister into the lives of their new-found collaborators, sending them all on a surprising journey of hijinks and the heart.
In The Metal Shredders, Nancy Zafris offers up a refreshingly wise, offbeat and thoroughly convincing look at blue-collar America. Hers is a world rich in humor, steeped in closely held traditions, and filled with gently endearing, slightly crazed characters trying to discover just who they are. In the process they discover much about love, loyalty, family obligation, class and, yes, scrap.
"The Metal Shredders is the book that reminds you how revelatory reading can be." Jane McCafferty
"Zafris is a wonderful writer and this book will stay near your heart and mind for a long time." Lewis Nordan
"Watch out: Nancy Zafris is a tremendous writer, and The Metal Shredders is a beautiful book." Bill Boorbach
"Funny, intriguing, and smartly written... [and] above-all, real." The Sacramento Bee
About the Author
Nancy Zafris won the Flannery O'Connor award for short fiction, as well as the Ohioana Library Association award, for her first book, The People I Know. She is currently the fiction editor of The Kenyon Review.
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