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An astonishing debut novel set in the rustbelt of upstate New York, written by one of the music world's rising stars who has an international cult following. Set in the dying upstate New York town of Gay Paris and Venice Beach, LA, and populated by a cast of characters straight out of Bukowski or Kerouac. This is powerful stuff and very impressive.

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Black Jesus by Simone Felice

A young marine returns home from Iraq, blinded and scarred by a roadside bomb and harbouring a terrible secret. He saw something in Iraq that can never be erased and the knowledge of it is slowing driving him mad. Called Black Jesus by his fellow soldiers on account of his name being Lionel White and his birthday being Christmas Day, he has returned to his decaying home town to sit in the back of his mother's junkshop, drop Oxycontin and try to forget what he knows. Into his life one day rides Gloria, a young dancer with a mysterious past and shocking injuries of her own, who is fleeing darkness and violence of a different kind. Together they might just be able to make one life whole again.

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Lyrical, spare, and resonant. -- Publishers Weekly


About the Author

Simone Felice is the author of two novellas and numerous short stories, poems and songs. He is a founding member of The Felice Brothers and his new band The Duke & King's first album Nothing Gold Can Stay has been described as 'Neil Young meets Marvin Gaye on the kind of record that cults are made of'. He lives in the Catskill Mountains of New York State.

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Publication date

1st September 2011

Author

Simone Felice

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Author's Website

www.simonefelice.com/

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Publisher

Allen & Unwin

Format

Paperback
192 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781742378138

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