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McLelland has written a wild, dark and humorous road novel that ignites the senses, burning like Oklahoma wildfire. Hop in the truck with Leo and Jeremy and take the ride of your life.
Here's what's being said about bruisers:
“McLelland’s stark prose and dark humor make this short novella a wild reflection of humanity’s dark aspects, never separating the mundane from the unrestrained. McLelland has created in Jeremy and Leo two characters who are most certainly different men yet who reflect the parts of ourselves we want access to. We find ourselves searching for the answers and discovering raw secrets. This is a wild, dark and humorous road novel, and I’m glad I went along for the ride.”
- Brandon Hobson, author of The Levitationist
“bruisers is an alt-country Joads record played in reverse—if you listen close you can hear the devil."
- Jon Billman, author of When We Were Wolves
“In prose as muscular and musical as Larry Brown’s, McLelland’s bruisers takes us on the road with two mismatched young farm hands who get behind the wheel with little more than their bravado and a used wheat combine. The result is dark, dramatic, daunting. bruisers burns as hard as Oklahoma wildfire.”
- Alyson Hagy, author of Ghosts of Wyoming and Snow, Ashes
"Like the Oklahoma dust on your work boots, McLelland’s debut novel sticks to you, and it’s impossible to shake it off. This is the weird, angry, and sunburned grandson of Faulkner’s ‘Barn Burning’."
- Rus Bradburd, author of Forty Minutes of Hell
"Bruisers tells the truth, ugly and compelling, about rural life in the middle of America. It is a tough story beautifully done, which puts McLelland in the company of writers like Cormack McCarthy." - (read full review here)
- The Chiron Review
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Chapbook: 76 pages / Fiction
Published: May 2011
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