Fiction. Noir Fiction. Punk Rock. Working Class. Urban Studies. In this powerful collection of linked stories, debut author Brian Jabas Smith gazes into the lives of the stunted and the lost. There's the teenaged bicycle–racing champion from the Arizona desert who's escaping an abusive home life. The jaundiced rock 'n' roll singer whose neon–lit gaze takes us from a Beverly Hills mansion to the crack–cocaine streets of old Hollywood. The desperate addict in the Phoenix barrio with nowhere to turn, strung out on crystal meth, porn, alcohol and nude dancers. Elsewhere, a Detroit journalist discovers that sobriety wasn't part of his job description, and the internally crippled mother whose lovely daughters are doomed for life. These stories are disturbing and raw yet offer eerily beautiful portrayals of loss, ultimately, reclamation, and perhaps, redemption.
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Brian Jabas Smith is an award-winning journalist, editor and the author of SPENT SAINTS & OTHER STORIES and TUCSON SALVAGE: TALES AND RECOLLECTIONS FROM LA FRONTERA. He was a songwriter who fronted bands Beat Angels and Gentlemen AfterDark and at one point he overcame crystal meth and alcohol addictions. As a kid growing up in Tucson, Arizona, Smith was a national class bicycle racer. He lives in Tucson with his wife and young son.Author City: TUCSON, AZ USA