What Smiled at Him

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Synopsis: Lynn and Marv are childhood friends, now in their late twenties, one a struggling musician, the other a salesman. One night, far from home, alcohol, recklessness and coincidence reunite them with Caroline, the longtime object of their desires. Married into a wealthy Chicago family and unhappy, she begins an affair with Marv. A few weeks later, when Caroline is arrested and charged with murdering her husband and infant son, the unwelcome mystery pursues the friends through their searches for love, stabs at success, self-destructive lapses and leads one of them to his death. "The novel has an angry edge to it, recalling the spirit of the Beats. Many of the peripheral characters speak like prophets... Marv and Lynn are just as self-aware as their supporting cast, and their abundance of wisdom sometimes stretches believability; it’s tempered, however, by the flaw of their continually self-destructive behavior. Watching them ignore their better instincts... makes the characters more endearing." -Kirkus Reviews Lynn and Marv, now in their late twenties, are beginning to question the choices they’ve made. One is a struggling musician, the other a salesman. One night, far from home, alcohol, irresponsibility and coincidence reunite them with Caroline, the longtime object of their desires. Married into a wealthy Chicago family and unhappy, she begins an affair with Marv. A few weeks later, she’s arrested and charged with murdering her husband and infant son. As her trial nears, the unwelcome mystery pursues the friends through their searches for love, stabs at success, self-destructive lapses and leads one of them to his death. Praise for Colin Dodds’ Another Broken Wizard “Dodds gets Worcester and shows it in all of its glories and cracks...He runs through the streets of the city and nearby towns and takes the reader with him...Dodds is a master of writing the town life and capturing all of the said and unsaid. His characters are so full of waiting, of pain, and of hope that never reaches past the next day.” -Worcester Pulse Magazine “Masterfully written with all the grit and grisly humor of returning to one’s dingy blue collar hometown, Another Broken Wizard is the compelling, tightly-woven story of a couple of 30-year old boyhood chums who don't grow up until it's too late.” -Boston Literary Magazine “It kept me nostalgic for something that isn't my story, isn't my town, and I got really emotionally involved. I may have shed a tear at the beautifully foreshadowed climax, and I do not cry easily! Seriously. Give it a read.” - Illiterarty.com “Another Broken Wizard is a terrific coming-of-age tale that rings utterly true. Dodds has a gift for conveying the sounds of his people and their world. He can make highway hypnosis as fascinating as a gang brawl. And he has a natural radar for locating the perfect detail to evoke the sense of what it feels like to be caught between the past and the future, between loyalty and logic, and between the security of the known and the impulse to evolve. Though I came of age in the primordial mists, it somehow felt like he was giving me a tour of my own past. Another Broken Wizard is compulsively readable. I’ll be giving this book to some of my friends.” - Jack O’Connell, author of The Resurrectionist, and Box Nine “Dodds has written a fine novel. He has a voice wholly his own, and he captures the elemental good and bad in the American male. Joe’s recklessness and gang feud creates a looming peril that keeps the reader on edge.” -Kevin Kosar, author of Whiskey: A Global History

About the Author: Colin Dodds grew up in Massachusetts and completed his education in New York City. He’s the author of several novels, including The Last Bad Job, which the late Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” Dodds’ screenplay, Refreshment – A Tragedy, was named a semi-finalist in 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. His poetry has appeared in more than ninety publications, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Samantha.

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Book Description Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, United States, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Lynn and Marv are childhood friends, now in their late twenties, one a struggling musician, the other a salesman. One night, far from home, alcohol, recklessness and coincidence reunite them with Caroline, the longtime object of their desires. Married into a wealthy Chicago family and unhappy, she begins an affair with Marv. A few weeks later, when Caroline is arrested and charged with murdering her husband and infant son, the unwelcome mystery pursues the friends through their searches for love, stabs at success, self-destructive lapses and leads one of them to his death. The novel has an angry edge to it, recalling the spirit of the Beats. Many of the peripheral characters speak like prophets. Marv and Lynn are just as self-aware as their supporting cast, and their abundance of wisdom sometimes stretches believability; it s tempered, however, by the flaw of their continually self-destructive behavior. Watching them ignore their better instincts. makes the characters more endearing. -Kirkus Reviews Lynn and Marv, now in their late twenties, are beginning to question the choices they ve made. One is a struggling musician, the other a salesman. One night, far from home, alcohol, irresponsibility and coincidence reunite them with Caroline, the longtime object of their desires. Married into a wealthy Chicago family and unhappy, she begins an affair with Marv. A few weeks later, she s arrested and charged with murdering her husband and infant son. As her trial nears, the unwelcome mystery pursues the friends through their searches for love, stabs at success, self-destructive lapses and leads one of them to his death. Praise for Colin Dodds Another Broken Wizard Dodds gets Worcester and shows it in all of its glories and cracks.He runs through the streets of the city and nearby towns and takes the reader with him.Dodds is a master of writing the town life and capturing all of the said and unsaid. His characters are so full of waiting, of pain, and of hope that never reaches past the next day. -Worcester Pulse Magazine Masterfully written with all the grit and grisly humor of returning to one s dingy blue collar hometown, Another Broken Wizard is the compelling, tightly-woven story of a couple of 30-year old boyhood chums who don t grow up until it s too late. -Boston Literary Magazine It kept me nostalgic for something that isn t my story, isn t my town, and I got really emotionally involved. I may have shed a tear at the beautifully foreshadowed climax, and I do not cry easily! Seriously. Give it a read. - Another Broken Wizard is a terrific coming-of-age tale that rings utterly true. Dodds has a gift for conveying the sounds of his people and their world. He can make highway hypnosis as fascinating as a gang brawl. And he has a natural radar for locating the perfect detail to evoke the sense of what it feels like to be caught between the past and the future, between loyalty and logic, and between the security of the known and the impulse to evolve. Though I came of age in the primordial mists, it somehow felt like he was giving me a tour of my own past. Another Broken Wizard is compulsively readable. I ll be giving this book to some of my friends. - Jack O Connell, author of The Resurrectionist, and Box Nine Dodds has written a fine novel. He has a voice wholly his own, and he captures the elemental good and bad in the American male. Joe s recklessness and gang feud creates a looming peril that keeps the reader on edge. -Kevin Kosar, author of Whiskey: A Global History. Bookseller Inventory # APC9781477403310

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Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. 283 pages. Childhood friends Lynn and Marv, now in their late twenties, have taken different roads. One is a struggling musician, the other a salesman for a software company. One night far from home, a mix of alcohol, recklessness and coincidence reunite them with Caroline, the longtime object of their desires. Married into a wealthy Chicago family and unhappy, she begins an affair with Marv. A few weeks later, when Caroline is arrested and charged with murdering her husband and infant son, the unwelcome mystery pursues the friends through their searches for love, stabs at success, self-destructive lapses and leads one of them to his death. What Smiled at Him is an unorthodox, contemporary mystery in which the protagonists have the means to solve a mystery, but flounder at the threshold of solving it. Praise for What Smiled at HimThe novel has an angry edge to it, recalling the spirit of the Beats. Many of the peripheral characters speak like prophets Marv and Lynn are just as self-aware as their supporting cast, and their abundance of wisdom sometimes stretches believability; its tempered, however, by the flaw of their continually self-destructive behavior. Watching them ignore their better instincts makes the characters more endearing. -Kirkus ReviewsWhat Smiled at Him manages to be somber, colorful, and often guffaw-out-loud funny. It reads fast but is loaded with trenchant observations on modern relationships, growing up, and happiness that will give the reader pause. -Kevin Kosar, author of Whiskey: A Global History Praise for Dodds The Last Bad JobThe Last Bad Job (shows) something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people. -Norman MailerNo one has done the Apocalypse better! From the opening scene to the final shocking line, this book is full of gruesome twists, profound insights, and absolutely brilliant writing. Definitely one of the best books Ive read in the past ten years. -Boston Literary MagazineDodds takes us on one hell of an adventure The main character is totally unsympathetic and you know its not going to end well, yet as a reader you stick with him, screaming the whole way down. The writing is masterful -Mary C. Moore, author Angelus, Daemonis, and SapiensPraise for Colin Dodds Another Broken Wizard Dodds gets Worcester and shows it in all of its glories and cracksHe runs through the streets of the city and nearby towns and takes the reader with himDodds is a master of writing the town life and capturing all of the said and unsaid. His characters are so full of waiting, of pain, and of hope that never reaches past the next day. -Worcester Pulse MagazineMasterfully written with all the grit and grisly humor of returning to ones dingy blue collar hometown, Another Broken Wizard is the compelling, tightly-woven story of a couple of 30-year old boyhood chums who dont grow up until its too late. -Boston Literary Magazine It kept me nostalgic for something that isnt my story, isnt my town, and I got really emotionally involved. I may have shed a tear at the beautifully foreshadowed climax, and I do not cry easily! Seriously. Give it a read. - Illiterarty. comAnother Broken Wizard is a terrific coming-of-age tale that rings utterly true. Dodds has a gift for conveying the sounds of his people and their world. He can make highway hypnosis as fascinating as a gang brawl. And he has a natural radar for locating the perfect detail to evoke the sense of what it feels like to be caught between the past and the future, between loyalty and logic, and between the security of the known and the impulse to evolve. Though I came of age in the primordial mists, it somehow felt like he was giving me a tour of my own past. Another Broken Wizard is compulsively readable. Ill be giving this book to some of my friends. - Jack OConnell, author of The Resurrectionist, Box N This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 9781477403310

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