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A Prayer for Dawn

A Prayer for Dawn

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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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