Thursday, March 2, 2017

Mongrels - Review and Excerpt

Idgie Says:
This is a fascinating book that is almost fantasy wrapped around reality.  A family of backwards, backwoods people who most would go out of their way to avoid believe they are werewolves.   Or are they actually just that?  

The unnamed main character will have to wait until he's 16 to discover if he is indeed a werewolf, but meanwhile must live with these people that are rude, crude and downright crazy at times. 

This is a gritty book with no lightness to it. An open mind needs to be kept while reading it, but through it all, you keep rooting for the boy - hoping the family is just crazy and that he can escape when he's of age. 


Click here to read an excerpt

About the Book
William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 24, 2017)

A spellbinding and darkly humorous coming-of-age story about an unusual boy, whose family lives on the fringe of society and struggles to survive in a hostile world that shuns and fears them.

He was born an outsider, like the rest of his family. Poor yet resilient, he lives in the shadows with his aunt Libby and uncle Darren, folk who stubbornly make their way in a society that does not understand or want them. They are mongrels, mixed blood, neither this nor that. The boy at the center of Mongrels must decide if he belongs on the road with his aunt and uncle, or if he fits with the people on the other side of the tracks.

For ten years, he and his family have lived a life of late-night exits and narrow escapes—always on the move across the South to stay one step ahead of the law. But the time is drawing near when Darren and Libby will finally know if their nephew is like them or not. And the close calls they’ve been running from for so long are catching up fast now. Everything is about to change.

A compelling and fascinating journey, Mongrels alternates between past and present to create an unforgettable portrait of a boy trying to understand his family and his place in a complex and unforgiving world. A smart and innovative story— funny, bloody, raw, and real—told in a rhythmic voice full of heart, Mongrels is a deeply moving, sometimes grisly, novel that illuminates the challenges and tender joys of a life beyond the ordinary in a bold and imaginative new way.