By Christopher Brownsword

Following a violent confrontation in his homeland, the anonymous narrator exiles himself in America where armed with few resources beyond a forged Greyhound bus pass and a bottle of bootlegged gin he immediately takes to the road among thieves, prostitutes, heroin addicts, lunatics, and Navajo Indians, sleeping on bus station floors and hitchhiking through deserts.
Set against the backdrop of the War on Terror in 2004, The Scorched Highway (Greyhound Journal) is by turns brutal, tender, bleak, self-excoriating, and blackly comical, as the narrator, drifting aimlessly from coast to coast, refracts his experience and idiosyncratic worldview – filtered through an ever-disintegrating nervous system – in terse, visceral yet at times poetic prose which slowly reveals a vulnerability and feeling of horror in the face of a cruel and senseless existence.

ISBN 9781291577044

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