Arkansas by John Brandon

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Originally published by McSweeney’s in hardcover and met with wide acclaim, Arkansas is a darkly comic debut novel written by John Brandon about a pair of drug runners, Kyle and Swin, set in the rural southeast. Drawing comparisons to a striking range of storytellers, from Quentin Tarantino and Mark Twain to Flannery O’Connor and Cormac McCarthy, John Brandon—an MFA graduate of Washington University who worked an array of odd jobs while writing the novel, including at a rubber factory and a windshield warehouse—delivers a tightly written, bitterly funny story that chronicles the monochromatic landscape of the American southeast and gives a glimpse into the mindset of his wildly troubled yet seemingly real characters.

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John Brandon was raised on the Gulf Coast of Florida. His favorite recreational activity is watching college football. This is his third novel.
Published June 23, 2009 by Grove Press. 224 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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A debut novel finds that criminals, competent and otherwise, are just ordinary folks.

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