March 17, 2009

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

I'm absolutely thrilled with my PW review. Every writer hopes her/his first review is this positive. Thanks so much, PW!

"[Joshua] Mohr's first novel is biting and heartbreaking, a piercing look at the indelible scarsa violent past has left on a young man named Rhonda. The disturbing narrative engine - Rhonda's renaming and reimagining of the world around him to fit into his damaged logic - keeps the story creepily moving as it touches on homebrew prison wine and Rhonda's friendship with his childhood self, little - Rhonda. Mohr uses punchy, tightly wound prose to pull readers into a nightmarish landscape, but he never loses the heart of his story;it's as touching as it is shocking."