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Mongrels: A Novel (2016)

by Stephen Graham Jones

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NOMINATED FOR THE SHIRLEY JACKSON AWARD * NOMINATED FOR THE BRAM STOKER AWARD NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2016 BY TOR.COM AND BOOK RIOT A spellbinding and darkly humorous coming-of-age story about an unusual boy, whose family lives on the fringe of society and struggles to survive in a hostile world that shuns and fears them. He was born an outsider, like the rest of his family. Poor yet resilient, he lives in the shadows with his aunt Libby and uncle Darren, folk who stubbornly make their way in a society that does not understand or want them. They are mongrels, mixed blood, neither this nor that. The boy at the center of Mongrels must decide if he belongs on the road with his aunt and uncle, or if he fits with the people on the other side of the tracks. For ten years, he and his family have lived a life of late-night exits and narrow escapes--always on the move across the South to stay one step ahead of the law. But the time is drawing near when Darren and Libby will finally know if their nephew is like them or not. And the close calls they've been running from for so long are catching up fast now. Everything is about to change. A compelling and fascinating journey, Mongrels alternates between past and present to create an unforgettable portrait of a boy trying to understand his family and his place in a complex and unforgiving world. A smart and innovative story-- funny, bloody, raw, and real--told in a rhythmic voice full of heart, Mongrels is a deeply moving, sometimes grisly, novel that illuminates the challenges and tender joys of a life beyond the ordinary in a bold and imaginative new way.… (more)
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    sturlington: Both road stories, both traverse the South. One has zombies, the other has werewolves.
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Roaming the deep south
one step ahead of the mob
more guns than pitchforks. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
Such a good melding of myth and reality. This was a pure pleasure to read. ( )
  slmr4242 | Oct 16, 2019 |
Really great book. Loved the Werewolf lore and how it was shared through tall tales and stories from less than reliable family members. Jones did a wonderful job in subverting and flipping a lot of the wolf tropes and made something really memorable. It's a wonderful coming of age story featuring a cast of lovable and charming characters who really do feel like a family. It's funny and heartwarming and more than a little sad in places but it's definitely not a horror novel so don't do in expecting anything unsettling or scary. ( )
  ZJB | Sep 4, 2019 |
This is a coming-of-age story, except in this case the boy is becoming not a man, but a werewolf. The unnamed narrator lives a nomadic life with his aunt and uncle (his parents are dead), who are both werewolves. They crisscross the South, moving on when their nocturnal activities threaten to catch someone's attention. This is a modern take on the werewolf legend, which expounds on some classic tropes (such as an aversion to silver) but also creates an entire subculture and history of the shapeshifters. Unusual and well worth reading. ( )
  sturlington | Dec 6, 2018 |
Holy shit, man, this was so good. The ending's a punch in the chest, too. ( )
  whatsmacksaid | Sep 21, 2018 |
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Eventually I went to America. There no one believes in werewolves. - James Blish
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Thea Lucas 1914-1999 thanks, Pop
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My grandfather used to tell me he was a werewolf.
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