Ash Dogs by Justin Nicholes

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    Justin Nicholes
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    Mike McGovern

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Marcus Green has just been discharged after a tour of duty in Iraq. Wounded and disfigured, Marcus returns to a life he barely recognizes… and that barely recognizes him. Stricken by guilt and self-doubt, and spurred on by deep-rooted restlessness, Marcus decides he must embark on a journey to reclaim that part of himself which he has lost. As he explores his past he reconnects with a forgotten half-brother in Mexico and a former hometown love, but he must also come to grips with his accidental family–other wounded veterans and the Iraqis he was supposed to protect.

20% of the profits from Ash Dogs will be donated to the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust.

Praise for Ash Dogs!

First Novel Finalist – 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Justin Nicholes’ impressive debut offers us a psychologically nuanced, spare and cinematic look at the way families and strangers cleave together in times of great crisis. The odd arrangement of family, as important a theme as ever here, is investigated alternately with great tenderness and a hundred-yard stare. The effect is often electric. This is compelling work by a young writer to watch.
Darren DeFrain, author of The Salt Palace (New Issues Press)

Justin Nicholes has written a superb and passionate novel about men torn apart by the Iraq war, who struggle to understand and heal both themselves and their country. Ash Dogs is a book full of love and pain and, finally, hope–spare, poetic, moving. Marcus resembles no character I have met before in fiction, but his journey is mine and ours.

Nicholes should be welcomed as a truly significant new voice in American fiction.
-Richard Spilman, recipient of the New American Press Award in poetry and author of the story collection Hot Fudge (Simon and Schuster)

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