The Growling Mouth
by Adam Gnade
Adam Gnade's latest novella, The Growling Mouth, is made up of two connected storylines, each a decade apart and each tied to the next by an infrastructure of shared history and small details.
In the first storyline we follow James Jackson Bozic (main character of Gnade's Hymn California and The Darkness to the West) through his final week in Portland, Oregon before giving up on the city for a life in the wilds.
Says Gnade, "I've been looking for a way to bring together the characters from the two early books and the recent work and this is the first step."
The second storyline concerns Joey Carr and Ted Boone (characters from Gnade's two latest novellas The Heat and The Hot Earth and Hey Hey Lonesome, as well as his upcoming second novel Youth is a Wolf Dark and Golden). Carr and Boone navigate a foggy, Dubliners-esque neighborhood en route to wine, a dark apartment, and a terrifying hearthside story set on the shores of Normandy.
What connects the two narratives is an unrecognized past--a suicide, a holiday, a hometown, and the Growling Mouth itself, a ghostly apparition the characters struggle to make sense of.
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