Back to the Dirt


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$18.00  $16.74
Fsg Originals
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5.07 X 7.54 X 0.91 inches | 0.52 pounds

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About the Author

Frank Bill is the New York Times bestselling author of The Ravaged, with Norman Reedus; the novels The Savage and Donnybrook, the latter of which was turned into a film in 2018; and the story collection Crimes in Southern Indiana, one of GQ's favorite books of 2011 and a Daily Beast best debut of 2011. He lives and writes in southern Indiana.


"What you have in front of you is a highly explosive mix of pain, regret, and what it means to be American in these perilous times. Which is to say you are holding the literary equivalent of dynamite. Over his three previous books Frank Bill has, in the words of Robert Stone, stared 'the grey rat in the eye.' Addiction, PTSD, wars at home and abroad--Frank Bill never flinches. This gorgeous, heart-breaking novel has everything we've come to expect, and more still. It's his best work, so be careful."
--Mark Powell, author of Lioness and Hurricane Season

"Back to the Dirt is Frank Bill at his most personal and profound, an unflinching ode to his Indiana roots and tone poem to the war that haunted countless families along the Ohio. This is a story of leg-breaking, heart-crushing power, a kaleidoscope of factory life, addiction, rural blight, country justice and the spiritual scars bore by our veterans, all rendered with the grit, grace and devotion of a master stonecutter. This is the novel Bill was born to write."
--Peter Farris, award-winning author of The Devil Himself and Last Call for the Living

"Bill draws wrenching parallels between battle and family-abuse trauma through evocative hallucinations, survival-of-the-fittest settings, and disarming compassion... Bill's descriptions are both ugly and beautiful, often merging the hunt with Miles' Vietnam flashbacks, capturing the realities of those resigned to being left behind and the violence that offers short-lived power."
--Booklist (starred review)

"Bill's feverish latest shines a light on an American heartland blighted by crushed dreams and debilitating addictions... With kinetic prose, Bill keeps up the pace and delivers a steady supply of grisly details... It makes for one hell of a ride. "
--Publishers Weekly

"Frank Bill is the king poet of PTSD, whether it comes from foreign wars or the domestic battlefields of factory work. Bill knows what you lose to them, but also what you gain. Back to the Dirt is uncompromising, brutal, and brilliant."
--Benjamin Whitner, author of Cry Father