Book feature: introducing ‘Dust’ by Mark Thompson

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Mark Thompson, the writer of ‘Dust’

We have joined forces with Red Door Publishing and Mark Thompson to promote their latest book ‘Dust’ as part of a #BlogTour running throughout this August.

‘Dust’ is a beautifully descriptive book, following the story of J.J Walsh and Tony ‘El Greco’ Papadakis who are inseparable friends. Hanging out on an abandoned cannery dock, watching the gulls sway and the rusting buoys in the sea, they dream of adventure…a time when they can act as adults. That day they’ll see the wrath of 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.

‘Dust’ will be available to purchase from 8 September 2016, and is available now to pre-order from Amazon.

 

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