Lynn and Marv are childhood friends, now in their late twenties,
one a struggling musician, the other a salesman. One night, far
from home, alcohol, recklessness and coincidence reunite them with
Caroline, the longtime object of their desires. Married into a
wealthy Chicago family and unhappy, she begins an affair with Marv.
A few weeks later, when Caroline is arrested and charged with
murdering her husband and infant son, the unwelcome mystery pursues
the friends through their searches for love, stabs at success,
self-destructive lapses and leads one of them to his death. "The
novel has an angry edge to it, recalling the spirit of the Beats.
Many of the peripheral characters speak like prophets... Marv and
Lynn are just as self-aware as their supporting cast, and their
abundance of wisdom sometimes stretches believability; it's
tempered, however, by the flaw of their continually
self-destructive behavior. Watching them ignore their better
instincts... makes the characters more endearing." -Kirkus Reviews
Lynn and Marv, now in their late twenties, are beginning to
question the choices they've made. One is a struggling musician,
the other a salesman. One night, far from home, alcohol,
irresponsibility and coincidence reunite them with Caroline, the
longtime object of their desires. Married into a wealthy Chicago
family and unhappy, she begins an affair with Marv. A few weeks
later, she's arrested and charged with murdering her husband and
infant son. As her trial nears, the unwelcome mystery pursues the
friends through their searches for love, stabs at success,
self-destructive lapses and leads one of them to his death. Praise
for Colin Dodds' Another Broken Wizard "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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