Mohr’s book started kicking my ass from the first scene when Rhonda altruistically chases down the assailant in a stripper beating only to receive a pimp pummeling himself. I too chased Rhonda through trapdoors hidden underneath dumpsters, pruno drinking bar rats, boxes of tcha-bliss wine, and antifreeze Bloody Marias, only to find myself drunkenly staring at an Alice In Wonderland one way mirror watching the mind of Mr. Mohr jaunt around fictitiously.
Some titles have to make their own way in the world almost exclusively on the strength of the work itself, and the power of good old fashioned word-of-mouth. Since we love the spirit of independence around here, we thought we’d give you something a little different than the run- of-the-mill “best of” list this year.
Fall is blockbuster season, but if you’re looking for proof that there’s much more to celebrate in October than eagerly awaited releases by Messrs. Eugenides and Murakami, look no further than this post. October also marks the release of Joshua Mohr’s Damascus and Greg Olear’s Fathermucker, two titles I read in galley months ago and enjoyed immensely.
I don’t write with an outline or any kind of plan; I like the reckless discovery of surprising myself with each plot point. Of course, this leads to lots of wrong turns–maybe why I have to revise so much–but I dig that wanton, blind strategy of building story without any scaffolding around it.
I guess this is kind of like that, but somewhat more amorphous. I don’t know if these are the best, and I’m not asking the guys for a specific number (hell, they don’t even have to be from 2009 – we’re rule-breakers here), but here are a few of the books I’m particularly glad to have read this year, that may or may not have been mentioned here on the blog.
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