Thursday, May 30, 2013

Review: ALL THE WILD CHILDREN by Josh Stallings

All The Wild Children: A noir memoirRaw and uninhibited. Josh Stallings, in his memoir doesn’t shy away from his demons – he confronts them head on. Like Ellroy’s MY DARK PLACES, Stallings writes a brutal truth that’s honesty is as uplifting as it is heartbreaking. Noir in life has a power not captured in fiction (though some filters through into Stallings’ books) that’s a shade darker and more complex than its fictional counterpart. ALL THE WILD CHILDREN is a perfect example of using pain and turning it in to love. I found the recollections of Stallings childhood confronting, evocative, and much like a movie though more cinematic and vividly violent.

ALL THE WILD CHILDREN allows the reader to delve inside the mind of a man who has lived noir. Ultimately I gained further appreciation of Stallings achievements through his struggles in childhood to his demanding and difficult fatherhood experiences. There are elements in his crime writing that bleeds raw emotion, reading ALL THE WILD CHILDREN, we as a reader community get to see where that originates from.

Josh Stallings website: http://joshstallings.net/

Snubnose Press website: http://snubnosepress.wordpress.com/

The Book Blurb:

From the author of the critically acclaimed Moses McGuire crime series comes a brutally honest memoir. Raised in the 60's counter-culture, a teen in the 70's, and a father in the go go 80's. White boy in a ghetto high school. Guns. Drugs. Sex. Fatherhood. Heart warming, uplifting and tough. A life writ large.

“Someday, this will read much better than it lived.” - LARK STALLINGS (1975)

"Josh has done an incredible job with the hand life dealt him. I admire the hell outa that. All the Wild Children is simply Stunning." - KEN BRUEN

"What is most remarkable about All The Wild Children isn't the rhythmic fleetness of it's earnest prose, nor the relentless pace, nor the fantastic nature of its plot, nor, even, the fact that it is all true. What is most remarkable is that Josh Stallings managed to survive malicious fate, addiction, and the belligerent idiocy of his youth, and somehow find some dregs of fortitude remaining that allowed him to put it all on the page with a rare degree of honesty; willingly admitting that truth is fleeting and that this is no more than his best recollection of the storms and what they left behind. Laughing in the face of brutal misfortune and epic poor judgement is a tonic. One that Stallings graciously invites us to imbibe with him. Drink up. God knows Josh did." - CHARLIE HUSTON

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