Jim Monaghan really didn't want to go back to Worcester. But his
father's open-heart surgery and Jim's sudden unemployment forced
his hand. Making daily trips from the hospital to his father's
empty apartment, Jim seeks out his childhood best friend, Joe
Rousseau. But Joe has problems-a feud with a local gang. And Joe's
plan to resolve the matter only makes things worse. Tending to his
father and embarking on an ICU romance in the day, Jim tries to
help his friend. He follows Joe into Worcester nights defined by
drugs, guns and fistfights. As the danger escalates, Jim makes a
painful choice to save his friend, and then has to live with the
consequences. Another Broken Wizard is a book about straddling
childhood and adulthood, straddling a fading industrial home town
and the information-economy world of our attenuated aspirations,
straddling the love for a friend and self preservation. It is an
evocative portrait of Worcester, Massachusetts-both its place in
the 21st century and its past. "Dodds gets Worcester and shows it
in all of its glories and cracks...He runs through the streets of
the city and nearby towns and takes the reader with him...Dodds is
a master of writing the town life and capturing all of the said and
unsaid. His characters are so full of waiting, of pain, and of hope
that never reaches past the next day." -Worcester Pulse Magazine
"Masterfully written with all the grit and grisly humor of
returning to one's dingy blue collar hometown, Another Broken
Wizard is the compelling, tightly-woven story of a couple of
30-year old boyhood chums who don't grow up until it's too late."
-Boston Literary Magazine "It kept me nostalgic for something that
isn't my story, isn't my town, and I got really emotionally
involved. I may have shed a tear at the beautifully foreshadowed
climax, and I do not cry easily Seriously. Give it a read." -
Illiterarty.com "Another Broken Wizard is a terrific coming-of-age
tale that rings utterly true. Dodds has a gift for conveying the
sounds of his people and their world. He can make highway hypnosis
as fascinating as a gang brawl. And he has a natural radar for
locating the perfect detail to evoke the sense of what it feels
like to be caught between the past and the future, between loyalty
and logic, and between the security of the known and the impulse to
evolve. Though I came of age in the primordial mists, it somehow
felt like he was giving me a tour of my own past. Another Broken
Wizard is compulsively readable. I'll be giving this book to some
of my friends." - Jack O'Connell, author of The Resurrectionist,
and Box Nine "Dodds has written a fine novel. He has a voice wholly
his own, and he captures the elemental good and bad in the American
male. Joe's recklessness and gang feud creates a looming peril that
keeps the reader on edge." -Kevin Kosar, author of Whiskey: A
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