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Back to the dirt / Frank Bill.

Bill, Frank, 1974- (author.).


"Miles is a Vietnam veteran who's worried he's going to lose his job--and with it his tenuous grasp on a stable life--over a fight with a coworker. His PTSD and struggles to control his steroid-fueled violent tendencies also complicate his relationship with his girlfriend, Shelby, a stripper who only occasionally displays the proverbial heart of gold. She's certainly kinder and more generous than her brother, Wylie, who has been implicated in the deaths of two local Oxy dealers and is currently on the run. When Wylie kidnaps Shelby and holes up in Miles's country lair, it all threatens to become a bit too much for Miles. As Frank Bill peels back the layers of Miles's history, going deep into his memories of the Vietnam War, Back to the Dirt gets to the root of the traumas that have caused Miles and his community so much adversity. In this blistering novel, Bill reaches for the core values--living close to the land, working with your hands--that have been obscured by generations of neglect, drug abuse, and desperation. This is a profound and important story of an America that is only beginning to get its due attention--and Frank Bill is its most visceral, essential chronicler. "-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780374534431
  • ISBN: 0374534438
  • Physical Description: 319 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : FSG Originals / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2023.
Subject: Veterans > Fiction.
Post-traumatic stress disorder > Fiction.
Murder > Fiction.
Drug dealers > Fiction.
Kidnapping > Fiction.
Genre: Thrillers (Fiction)

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  • 6 of 10 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Fontana Regional Library.


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