Praise

"A dark, and yet compassionate gaze into the frustrated, violent, and broken heart of America.... A gripping, bold, and daring novel unlike any I've had the pleasure of reading before." 

     -Dinaw Mengestu, author of All Our Names

 

 

“With this stunning debut, a major new talent bursts upon the world of American Letters. [A novel] as brave as it is brilliant, as unsettling as it is important... [with] scenes of uncommon imagination, characters that leap to life at a single stroke. They will grab you in a bear hug, or by the throat (and sometimes both), and carry you along through a story every bit as gripping. A fearless exploration of an uncomfortable corner of the human heart—and an America little examined and even less understood—this is an important novel. Add to that the fact that it’s also so damn funny and here comes one hell of a book.”

     –Josh Weil, author of The Great Glass Sea and The New Valley

 

 

Writing without fear in a stunning, riveting debut, Mike Harvkey expertly delineates how a vulnerable person could be indoctrinated into a world full of hate. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the birth of an extremist of any kind.

     -Helen Schulman, author of This Beautiful LIfe

 

 

"A nightmare revelation: a mid-American apocalypse where your worst fears of coming apart are merely the protagonist’s coming-of-age. With prose that kicks harder than a sensei, and a villain that would haunt Tyler Durden’s dreams, Mike Harvkey has established himself as a major voice in contemporary fiction. A novel so good it’s got to be bad for you.”

     -Aaron Gwyn, author of Wynne's War

 

 

“At once a harrowing descent into the white supremacist underground and a timely portrait of 21st-century American malaise. Harvkey well understands his bleak Midwestern landscape, beaten down by recession, and casts an unflinching eye upon the casual violence and hate-consumed paranoia of the subculture such a hopeless world can nurture.”

     –Mark Binelli, author of Detroit City Is the Place to Be

 

 

"Booze. Guns. Race-hate; hard-boiled literary noir is a French favorite, but Harvkey reminds us that stories like this are born, brewed, and bottled in the good old US of A." 

     -Scott Wolven, author of Controlled Burn: Stories of Prison, Crime, and Men

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