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By Mark Maynard

Convicts around up wild mustangs, a schizophrenic homeless guy wins the jackpot and disappears, a truck motive force with a kid's brain spends his final hours within the embody of a prostitute's photos—disparate and shiny, Mark Maynard's characters intersect within the new wild west of Reno, Nevada.

“Throughout the volume’s 8 tenuously associated stories, lives and fortune are misplaced, and town of Reno emerges as a locus of shattered souls. Maynard’s debut assortment bursts with idiosyncratic characters…packs a robust emotional punch…is surprisingly entertaining.”
—Publishers Weekly

“In Grind, Maynard finds a global the Nevada tourism board could really you didn’t see…A debut number of tales that completely captures the seediness, desperation and experience of loss permeating the recent barren region international of Reno.”
—Shelf Awareness

“[Grind has] lots of these characters who make a trip to the environs of Reno either a thrilling capability and a bootleg affair…This is a Northern Nevada book.”
—Reno information & Review

“Mark Maynard’s Reno is so sleazily beautiful, so jam-packed with convict cowboys, wild horses, racing pilots, truckers, snow bums, eco-terrorists, tattoo conventions, pawnshops and jackpots that you just emerge from analyzing Grind dazed by way of this author’s empathy for overlooked quarters of humanity. you're feeling gritty all over—and extra alive.”
—Carolyn Cooke, writer of Daughters of the Revolution

“The characters in those tales are as appealing and damaged because the barren region itself. Mark Maynard explores the stony truths of misplaced lives with an unflinching eye for element, an insider's feel of where and its humans, and a decent compassion. The heartbreaks listed below are genuine, as are the moments of unusual grace and hard-won redemption.”
—Kim Barnes, writer of In the dominion of Men

“Mark Maynard's Grind is chock choked with women and men who're determined with wish and entire of spirit. Pawnbrokers. Truckers. on line casino shills. criminal inmates. they are all the following, and they are all gloriously alive. this can be top American fiction—tough, beneficiant, and open-eyed.”
—Alyson Hagy, writer of Boleto

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