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The Dodgers by Bill Beverly

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I voluntarily received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Genre

Literary Fiction

Description

Longlisted for Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction (2017)

Dodgers is a dark, unforgettable coming-of-age journey that recalls the very best of Richard Price, Denis Johnson and J.D. Salinger. It is the story of a young LA gang member named East, who is sent by his uncle along with some other teenage boys including East’s hothead younger brother to kill a key witness hiding out in Wisconsin. The journey takes East out of a city he’s never left and into an America that is entirely alien to him, ultimately forcing him to grapple with his place in the world and decide what kind of man he wants to become. Written in stark and unforgettable prose and featuring an array of surprising and memorable characters rendered with empathy and wit, Dodgers heralds the arrival of a major new voice in American fiction. 

Review

Dodgers is a well written dark story that revolves around 4 gang members making a cross country trip to take out the key witness in a federal case. The majority of the book is set in the van the guys drive from California to Wisconsin. The book made me think of a modern day version of The Outsiders. Even though the book was well written and realistic, the story did not hold my attention well and I wanted to start a different book about a third of the way into the book, but I decided to stick it out and finish the book.

Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2oyb4Gi

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