Ivy vs. Dogg: With A Cast Of Thousands!


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C&r Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.62 inches | 0.77 pounds
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About the Author

Brian Leung was born and raised in San Diego County, a somewhat unlikely location given that his mother was born in Battleground, Washington and his father escaped from China in 1949. For many years Brian lived in Los Angeles, where he studied the city's kinetic diversity and found his literary voice. Today he resides in a Shotgun house built in 1898 in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to being Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University, and a novelist, he is an avid collector of original animation art and also, the work of the famed graphic artist, Charles Harper. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, Brian earned his B.A. and MA. at California State University, and an M.F.A from Indiana University.


"Like Tom Perrotta's Election except told by a "committee" of over-invested small-town biddies, Brian Leung's sharp-eyed novel is satire of suburban politics and helicopter parenting, lampooning the rules we follow to keep people in their place. As two fiesty, tender-hearted teenagers compete for the title of "Junior Mr. Mayor" -- and defy everyone's expectations, including your own -- their delightfully star-crossed campaigns reveal to us the fault lines in community and the courage it takes to be both candidate and human being."
-Austin Bunn, author of The Brink and the film Kill Your Darlings

"Leung invents, in Mudlick, an American small town that is weird all over, yet filled with characters both human and humane. The absurd collides with the quotidian. And a fabulous chaos ensues. We couldn't ask for a better tour guide here. Just watch out for the giant squid."
-Adam McOmber, author of My House Gathers Desires, The White Forest and This New & Poisonous Air

"Ivy vs. Dogg roasts American sanctimony on a spit. Through The Committee in the town of Mudlick, Brian Leung turns a hilarious, satirical eye at the confluence of who we truly are and how we wish to be seen. When two young people challenge the nostalgic delirium that the town is under, each character is left to face new truths that are at the same time comical and tragic, political and deeply personal. This novel brings essential news about the conflicted, misguided, well-meaning heart of America, and right when we need it most."
-Teres Mailhot, author of Heart Berries