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Loners By Mark SaFranko
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Murderers and serial killers...Jilted lovers and outcasts... Broken men and lost women.... Loners. Cutting across genres for more than 20 years, Mark SaFranko has excelled in charting the life of... More > the outsider. This collection includes nine of SaFranko's stories... all shot through with his trademark realism. 'New York Times' bestselling crime author Seymour Shubin ['Anyone's My Name'] introduces the stories, hailing Loners as "a collection of brilliant short stories that had me twisting inwardly as I read them...They are magnificent." Mark SaFranko's tales will appeal to fans of the first-person realism of Fante and Bukowksi, while the spiralling effects of being an outsider have drawn comparisons to Harry Crews ['The Gospel Singer'] and Chester Himes ['A Rage In Harlem']. Some of the stories will shock ["Just Next Door"], some will thrill ["Alley Night"], some will provoke thought ["Life Change"] but all have the page-turning energy of writers such as Joe R. Lansdale ['Mucho Mojo'].< Less
Blossoms And Blood By Mark SaFranko
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“In class the nuns hinted at the same thing. What we learned from the Baltimore Catechism was that ‘self-gratification,’ whatever that meant, exactly, was a sin against the sixth... More > commandment, ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery,’ and the tenth commandment, ‘Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.’ It was in fact, one of the deadly, cardinal sins: LUST. I tried with all my strength to not give in to temptation, but failed again and again. “This went to prove that I was weak.” --- Foreshadowing the turmoil of Hating Olivia, Max Zajack is in love with the wrong female yet again. This time, however, he’s only twelve years old and he has to contend with the additional challenges of confrontational parents, Catholic guilt and the looming threat of adulthood. “Every kid feels it, every kid knows it, so the story shakes us and sends us straight back into the arms of an irreversible nostalgia - and that’s why Mark SaFranko is a great American writer.” --- Tom Buron, introduction to ‘Blossoms and Blood’< Less
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Life Change By Mark SaFranko
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"In the days after the bomb dropped, we went through all kinds of hell...I demanded to know everything. How did it start? How long had it been going on? How many times had they done it? What... More > was she going to do about him? She wouldn’t give me a straight answer. We argued. When nobody was around, I hollered. I threatened. I begged. It’s crazy, what you do when the roof caves in...." --- Lee Grenetts was a cop in Hatberg, Pennsylvania. After a thief’s bullet buzzes past his right ear, he realises he wants a quiet life. A hotel in the Adirondack Mountains seems idyllic. Then the "bomb" drops as his wife, Ellen, starts acting strangely. And Lee starts to accept a bullet in the head isn’t so bad after all.... 'Life Change' explores the feeling of being outside... the inability to conform being matched by the ferocious desire to survive, regardless of the odds.... Once again, SaFranko is fascinated by “a sense of someone in trouble, mostly with himself. That’s what truly interests me.”< Less
Dirty Work By Mark SaFranko
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"Dirty Work" is the fourth of Mark SaFranko's series of Max Zajack novels and follows the critically acclaimed "Hating Olivia," "Lounge Lizard" and "God Bless... More > America." "Dirty Work" is the bridge between "God Bless America" and "Hating Olivia." Max has left school and is searching for a steady job that gives him enough sanity to survive...and enough free time to write. Drawing comparisons to both "Factotum" and "Death on the Installment Plan", the novel charts Max's struggles to make cash and become a great artist. As he writes: "How often does a man love what he’s doing? Once or twice in a lifetime if he’s lucky. For the artist it’s more complicated. He’s absorbed in himself, in his own inner machinery. The external world, the realm of dollars and cents, isn’t usually of much interest to him....I didn’t know what I was. But was I an artist? Where was the evidence? Right then and there I should have gotten up and walked out. But I didn’t. When I suffered, I tended to stay put and suffer more."< Less
God Bless America By Mark SaFranko
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"'You got the worst luck in the world, punk -- always in the wrong place at the wrong time!' Bash was yelling at me when she brought me home from the emergency room. Here I was, causing trouble... More > again. Somehow, no matter what I was up to, I always managed to step into it...." Max Zajack's childhood years are far from the best of his life. Thrown into a world of a tempestuous immigrant family and a controlling Catholic school, Max sees only two means of escape...death or madness. Max spirals down through psychotic teachers, wild arguments, lousy jobs, fear and blood. How can anyone survive? Well, maybe in realising the bleak humour of the whole damned thing.... After success in Europe with his first two novels Hating Olivia and Lounge Lizard, Mark SaFranko returns with a third Max Zajack novel. As a confessional childhood novel, God Bless America has drawn favourable comparisons to Harry Crews (A Childhood), John Fante (1933 Was A Bad Year, The Road To Los Angeles) and Charles Bukowski (Ham On Rye).< Less
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Our World Our World By Deleah Payne
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