All The Wild Children: A noir memoir

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From the author of the critically acclaimed Moses McGuire crime series comes a brutally honest memoir. Raised in the 60's counter-culture, a teen in the 70's, and a father in the go go 80's. White boy in a ghetto high school. Guns. Drugs. Sex. Fatherhood. Heart warming, uplifting and tough. A life writ large.

"Josh has done an incredible job with the hand life dealt him.  I admire the hell outa that.  All the Wild Children is simply Stunning." -  KEN BRUEN

"What is most remarkable about All The Wild Children isn't the rhythmic fleetness of it's earnest prose, nor the relentless pace, nor the fantastic nature of its plot, nor, even, the fact that it is all true.  What is most remarkable is that Josh Stallings managed to survive malicious fate, addiction, and the belligerent idiocy of his youth, and somehow find some dregs of fortitude remaining that allowed him to put it all on the page with a rare degree of honesty; willingly admitting that truth is fleeting and that this is no more than his best recollection of the storms and what they left behind.  Laughing in the face of brutal misfortune and epic poor judgement is a tonic.  One that Stallings graciously invites us to imbibe with him.  Drink up.  God knows Josh did." - CHARLIE HUSTON

"Someday, this will read much better than it lived." - LARK STALLINGS (1975)

"Josh Stallings writes like a man possessed. He's a live wire, a raw nerve -- the rare writer capable of finding beauty in pain and pain in beauty. ALL THE WILD CHILDREN isn't read, it's experienced. And buckle up, buttercup, 'cause Stallings' life-story is one hell of a bumpy ride." - CHRIS F. HOLM (Author of "Dead Harvest" and "The Wong Goodbye.)

"This is a powerful book. As I write this, I'm still reeling from the book. It's a strong and moving story. It reminded me at times of the writings of Henry Rollins. You may laugh at that but that's how I felt it. This is not a crime story. Yes there are crimes in it but it's not noir. Some of you will be misled by the phrase "A Noir Memoir". This is a story of hope, love, family, and loyalty. It's a story about a man finding himself against great odds. It was not at all what I expected and I loved that." - DAVE WAHLMAN CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE

"All the Wild Children is the most brutally honest thing I've ever read. Few people are willing to lay themselves as bare as Stallings does in his memoir, and even fewer still are able to do so in a way that comes across as disarmingly genuine as Stallings does. He presents his mind blowing life story as neither boast nor pity party, and freely admits that the events and adventures he recounts are 'at best the recollections of a man with a weak memory but a strong sense of what it felt like'.  Josh Stallings did not set out to impress or inspire when he wrote All the Wild Children, but he does both. In spades." - BOOK REVIEWS BY ELIZABETH A. WHITE

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Josh Stallings has lived a hard life: his father was abusive and left his family; his mother was absent much of the time; he and his older brother, Lark, get into drugs and crime. As Josh grows older, he meets Erika and they fall in love and get married. Erika becomes pregnant and they have two sons. Josh struggles to make it as a film editor in Hollywood and feed his family, while grappling with his own addictions to cocaine and alcohol. As his sons grow older, Josh struggles further—his elder son is disabled and his younger son has severe drug problems of his own. Stallings's memoir opens with a focus on the older son, but quickly delves into his own checkered past. The author vacillates between being unrepentant for his past behavior and feeling tormented that his choices adversely affected his sons' chances at happiness. Stallings is clearly a skilled writer, but his family members are not fully developed, and this makes it difficult for readers to invest in them as characters. Still the author's bravado, honesty, and emotion are present throughout.

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