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Bad Ground [Kindle Edition]

Quintin Overocker
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Book Description

Bad Ground follows Dan Halofcak as he clears brush on a future subdivision, his first steady job in over a year. When he’s not working, he drinks with the town’s degenerates: a permanently unemployed man living in a shack with his dog; a former drug addict who claims to have witnessed a squirrel migration; and a bar owner addicted to his own video poker machines.

The book opens the morning after Dan’s drunken fistfight with his father, the first contact they’ve had in thirty years. The rest of the summer Dan struggles to define home and family without any semblance of either. As Dan clears the land, a plot he’s idealized as the last best place in town, he uncovers a gruesome image of pain and lost possibility. His drinking worsens, and he’s not sure he can avoid turning into the father he’s always despised. His sympathy for his mother turns to resentment when he realizes his financial support only enables her alcoholism, mistaken nostalgia, and permanent self-pity. His sister, the only functional member of his family, moved away and cut all connections to their small town years ago. After reconnecting with her, Dan begins to imagine life outside the only place he’d been able to call home in his life.

Bad Ground details life on the margins in a small, decaying Midwestern town where people search for a vanishing way of life.

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About the Author

I was born and raised in the Midwest, moved away for a few years, and recently moved back. My background is in geology. 

I'd like to think I write literary fiction, but I really just enjoy writing stories about small towns. I also enjoy wearing party hats. 

Check out quintinoverocker.wordpress.com for other words. If you want to get in touch with me check out my facebook page at facebook.com/badground.

Product Details

  • File Size: 451 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BQMAUME
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sequel?? May 11, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Once I got into the meat of book I really enjoyed it. Left you wanting to know what direction Dan was going. Life's tough and it's so easy to fall. Can and will Dan overcome his demons and lead a meaningful life? I kinda want to know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put the book down! March 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Overocker's debut is totally engrossing. Once you start reading it, you might as well set aside an afternoon, because you will become so immersed in the town of Creston....that you will read it from cover to cover in one sitting! It is a very enjoyable read.
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I was born and raised in the Midwest, moved away for a few years, and recently moved back. My background is in geology.

I'd like to think I write literary fiction, but I really just enjoy writing stories about small towns.

Check out quintinoverocker.wordpress.com for other words. If you want to get in touch with me check out my facebook page at facebook.com/badground.

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