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ISBN-10: 1620971178
ISBN-13: 9781620971178
Publisher: New Press
Publish Date: 01/12/2016
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.40" W, 1.00" H

Here Come the Dogs

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Price: $16.95

Overview

A “brilliant [novel] . . . Immediate and compelling, this one deserves a place on the shelf next to Trainspotting or The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” (Cleaver Magazine).

In small-town suburban Australia, three young men from three different ethnic backgrounds–one Samoan, one Macedonian, one not sure–are ready to make their mark. Solomon is all charisma, authority, and charm; a failed basketball player down for the moment but surely not out. His half-brother, Jimmy, bounces along in his wake, underestimated, waiting for his chance to announce himself. Aleks, their childhood friend, loves his mates, his family, and his homeland and would do anything for them. The question is, does he know where to draw the line?

Solomon, Jimmy, and Aleks are way out on the fringe of Australia, looking for a way in. Hip hop, basketball, and graffiti give them a voice. Booze, women, and violence pass the time while they wait for their chance. Under the oppressive summer sun, their town has turned tinder-dry. All it will take is a spark.

As the surrounding hills roar with flames, change storms in. But it’s not what they were waiting for. It never is.

“This stunning novel has such swaggering exuberance that it will make most other fiction you read this year seem criminally dull. You have been warned.” –Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting

“With compassion and urgency, Here Come the Dogs excavates the pain of those who struggle to remain part of a ruthless equation that has been determined by others.” —Los Angeles Times

“A bravado novel about survival and rebirth in a subculture that moves to its own rhythms.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Praise for Here Come the Dogs:
"This is fully realized depiction of how art and life inform each other."
Publishers Weekly

"[B]rilliant...Immediate and compelling, this one deserves a place on the shelf next to Trainspotting or The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Both a snapshot of a specific time and place, and an examination of the broadness of humanity, Here Come The Dogs is filled with stinging insights."
Cleaver Magazine

Musa's writing is beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Here Come The Dogs is vision and transformation, the highest form. You'll see a new Australia and hear a new and vital voice.
–David Vann

A beautiful and angry book. Musa is a poet and every page of this book speaks to his ferocious talent."
–Fatima Bhutto, author of Shadow of the Crescent Moon

With compassion and urgency, Here Come the Dogs excavates the pain of those who struggle to remain part of a ruthless equation that has been determined by others.
Los Angeles Times

"A bravado novel about survival and rebirth in a subculture that moves to its own rhythms."
Kirkus

"America please meet Omar Musa, a writer with the attuned ear of a great poet, the narrative gifts of seasoned novelist, and no slight exposure to the beautiful struggle. This book is like one of those hip-hop songs that forevermore becomes an anthem–this time for the disenfranchised aspirants of Australia. Read him now or suffer for it.
– Mitchell S. Jackson, author of The Residue Years

The streets are alive with the sound of Omar Musa! Blood and fire, destruction and generation, nightmares and dreams, all converge in this breathtaking rendering of the forever-journey of masculine coming-of-age. Musa is a sterling stylist and the combination of poetry and prose, literary narrative and hip hop verse, in HERE COME THE DOGS does that impossible thing: creates a work unlike any other.
–Porochista Khakpour, author of The Last Illusion and Sons and Other Flammable Objects

"A beautiful and angry book. Musa is a poet and every page of this book speaks to his ferocious talent."
–Fatima Bhutto, author of The Shadow of the Crescent Moon and Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter's Memoir

Omar Musa is a brother to the world. His words inspire courage and a genuine desire to experience justice in the modern world.
–Marc E. Bassy

Musa's writing is beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Here Come The Dogs is vision and transformation, the highest form. You'll see a new Australia and hear a new and vital voice. – David Vann, author of Aquarium, Goat Mountain, and Legend of a Suicide

This stunning novel has such swaggering exuberance that it will make most other fiction you read this year seem criminally dull. You have been warned.
–Irvine Welsh

Omar Musa's writing is tough and tender, harsh and poetic, raw and beautiful; it speaks to how we live and dream now. This novel broke my heart a little but it also made me ecstatic at the possibilities of what the best writing can do. His voice is genuine, new and exciting; his voice roars.
–Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap

At once tender, beautiful, gritty, and raw.
The Guardian

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ISBN-10: 1620971178
ISBN-13: 9781620971178
Publisher: New Press
Publish Date: 01/12/2016
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.40" W, 1.00" H
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