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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 22/09/2016
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'Early in life, my grandfather told me that only three things were certain: birth, death and time. And time only ticked one way; it went forward and never back. It came to be a recurring wish with me, the desire to turn back the clock, to undo what I had done. Always wishing for the impossible, my feet stuck firm in the molasses of the present, unable to shrug off decisions I had made and their unforeseen or disregarded consequences.' J.J Walsh and Tony 'El Greco' Papadakis are inseparable. Smoking Kents out on an abandoned cannery dock, and watching gulls sway on rusting buoys in the sea, they dream of adventure...a time when they can act as adults. The day they'll see the mighty Pacific Ocean. Set in small-town New Jersey in the 1960s, against the backdrop of the Vietnam war, Dust follows the boys through the dry heat of a formative summer. They face religious piety and its murderous consequences, alcohol, girls, sex, loss, tragedy and ultimately the tiny things that combine to make life what it is for the two friends - a great adventure. But it's a road trip through the heart of southern America with J.J.'s father that truly reveals a darker side to life - the two halves of a divided nation, where wealth, poverty and racial bigotry collide.This beautifully written debut novel would not be out of place alongside the work of Steinbeck and Philipp Meyer's American Rust. At turns funny, and at others heart-achingly sad, their story unfolds around the honest and frequently irreverent observations of two young people trying to grow up fast in a world that is at times confusing, and at others seen with a clarity only the young may possess.

Publisher: RedDoor Press
ISBN: 9781910453223
Number of pages: 208

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“Enjoyable read”

A stylishly written novel that relies on the quality of the writing and not the all action plot of other sensationalised novels. This is a book full of beautifully painted pictures of the life of two young boys as... More

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“Dust exceptional debut novel”

This book had me gripped from the first page – I instantly cared about the two boys their friendship, their problems, their coming of age. A moving story with a 1960’s backdrop they faced death, racism – I feel that... More

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“Quite brilliant”

A thoroughly enjoyable read - the characters are so warm, real and relatable. This is beautifully written with imaginative prose and large dollops of humour. A strong recommendation, this is brilliant by any measure... More

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