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Frank Bill's America has always been stark and violent. In his new novel, he takes things one step further: the dollar has failed; the grid is wiped out.Van Dorn is eighteen and running solo, dodging the bloodthirsty hordes and militias that have emerged since the country went haywire. His dead father's voice rings in his head as Van Dorn sets his sights not just on survival but also on an old-fashioned system of justice. Meanwhile, a leader has risen among the gangs-and around him swirls the cast of brawlers from Donnybrook, with their own brutal sense of right and wrong, of loyalty and justice through strength.This is not the distant postapocalyptic future-this is tomorrow, in a world Bill has already introduced us to. Now he raises the stakes and turns his shotgun prose on our addiction to technology, the values and skills we've lost in the process, and what happens when the last systems of morality and society collapse.The Savage presents the bone-chilling vision of an America where power is the only currency and nothing guarantees survival, and it presents Bill at his most ambitious, most eloquent, and most powerful.
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Frank Bill is the author of the novel Donnybrook and the story collection Crimes in Southern Indiana, named one of GQ's favorite books of 2011 and a Daily Beast best debut of 2011.Review:
"With echoes of early Palahniuk, [The Savage] is part revenge thriller and part horror, while at heart it's about masculinity and fatherhood. An enjoyably blood-curling and unrelenting read with an even bleaker description of humanity's worse impulses than its predecessor, this is not for the faint of heart." ―Booklist
"The nasty, violent world of Donnybrook returns with a vengeance . . . The pages are filled with dark energy and Technicolor gore . . . No lack of excitement in this well-told tale." ―Kirkus
"More than just a relentless page-turner, this amazing novel made me consider the destructive forces that create and nurture much of the savagery plaguing our world. With The Savage we find Frank Bill at the height of his powers, penning a burning hot epic both thrilling and necessary, with depth of ambition and imagination, salt-of-the-earth characters to love and fear, all brought to life with searing prose both brutal and beautiful. I loved and admired this book, and feel Bill is one of the most interesting and influential writers working today." ―Alan Heathcock, author of Volt
“Frank Bill’s prose is unmistakable in its ability to come off the page and grab you by the throat. The Savage is at once shattering and satisfying, a story forged from equal parts gravel and grace.” ―David Joy, author of The Weight Of This World
“Frank Bill cuts straight to the raw real horror at the core of the American soul. This is a writer who never looks away, who never lets up, and who has rendered in exquisite, terrifying prose an apocalyptic country and those wounded souls who try to survive within it. Bloody and brilliant, relentless as a nightmare, The Savage is an unblinking look into the darkness we are heading for.” ―Kent Wascom, author of The Blood of Heaven
“Think Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale set to the tune of Hank Williams Jr.'s Country Boy Can Survive. Inventive, clever and so topical of today's American divisiveness, The Savage is set to become one of the year's most discussed books. As compulsive and chilling as Cormac McCarthy's The Road." ―Ace Atkins, author of The Fallen
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