A Prayer for Dawn

A Prayer for Dawn

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by Nathan Singer
     
 

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The lives of a dozen people in Cincinnati, Ohio are inextricably linked in this unrelenting first novel by Nathan Singer.

A publicist who writes checks to charities to relieve a guilty conscience, a convict who rants in an underground 'zine, an artist with a controversial portfolio, a runaway engaging in 'petty terrorism', and an eight year old girl

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The lives of a dozen people in Cincinnati, Ohio are inextricably linked in this unrelenting first novel by Nathan Singer.

A publicist who writes checks to charities to relieve a guilty conscience, a convict who rants in an underground 'zine, an artist with a controversial portfolio, a runaway engaging in 'petty terrorism', and an eight year old girl named Dawn at the center of it all watch as the world falls down around them.

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Publishers Weekly
Outrage with mainstream American culture fuels this crackling, darkly comic debut. Set largely in Cincinnati, Ohio, this "thrash novel" critiques and satirizes contemporary culture as it jumpily follows a motley crew of characters existing on society's fringes, where the sins of the mainstream are most powerfully felt. Members of the vivid cast include Caroline Powell, a world-weary publicist reduced to representing the likes of Joey Spitfire, the jailed creator of an underground zine called Psychobilly Freakout!; Jeff Mican, an artist whose works are so disturbing they induce vomiting; D'antre Philips, aka Daddy Molotov, multiple felon and author of a YA book called Princess Africa Jones; and Dalton Brackage, a gay, opium-smoking runaway who plans to help a group of American Indians blow up a national monument. At the novel's center is eight-year-old Dawn Mican, Jeff's daughter, who watches with a child's wide eyes the adult chaos around her. With a keenly developed sense of disillusionment and a real talent for capturing the vernacular, Singer leads readers on a raging, rollicking ride through the underbelly of American society, expressing not only genuine frustration with the immorality of the dominant culture, but also lamenting the absence of easy answers. As Dawn says, "It's really hard to know what's right. What if nothing is?" (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440553868
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
07/28/2011
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.46(d)

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Mike Magnuson
With A Prayer for Dawn, Nathan Singer announces himself as the hip new grandmaster of America's literate underbelly. This book is crazy and hilarious and brilliant and, because the voices in it speak so dead-on true about the crippled ways we live, thoroughly appalling. This book, no question of it, is a fully realized nightmare, and I can honestly say it's one of the best ones I've ever had. In a word, A Prayer for Dawn kicks ass."
— author of Lummox and The Right Man for the Job

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A Prayer for Dawn 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading Nathan Singer is like sliding down a beautiful mountain, losing your footing, reaching for earth. The people in this Cincinnati, Ohio story are so real, so developed that you really feel as if you know them, know their stories. You can't tell a story like this by pulling punches, that's for sure. And Singer doesn't. This book is honest, and it's as beautiful as it is brutal. You end up knowing Dawn Mican and knowing the story, as real as it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was terrible! I usually stick with a book and attempt to read on even if I'm not getting into it. It almost immediately started out with sex and some bad language. I can deal with a little bit of both if I must,but thiswas just ridiculous. I can't believe that every character, even a young girl, has to talk about sex. I wouldn't waste my mo ey if I were you. I'm glad that I only paid .99 cents when I purchased it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. For those who can't stomach uncomfortable, realistic, dark subjects then this book isn't for you. I appreciate the authors ability to confront multiple taboo subjects in a gripping, can't put the book down manner. I read this in one day but will be thinking about it for days to come.