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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Two Dollar Radio; First Edition edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098201516X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982015162
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,650,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Told by three narrators, this is the fabulously grim if perhaps too intentionally murky tale of Mired (pronounced like the verb); her boyfriend, Derek; and his twin brother, Frank, as they fumble through the aftermath of Mired's strangely fateful drunken tumble down a flight of stairs. There were days I felt like the bastard daughter of a ménage à trois between Fyodor Dostoyevski, Sylvia Plath, and Eeyore, Mired says, and this could be said about the rest of the misanthropic trio as they spend the totality of the book trying to uncover truths about themselves and one another. Each has a chance to share parts of the story, and occasionally the brothers chime in together with childhood memories, which allows the story to lift itself, somewhat, from the confusion and disorder shared by the narrators. The prose, meanwhile, is oddly lovely, considering the characters' dark, boozy, mostly joyless worlds. As Derek grows more depressed and Frank has a falling out with his brother's girlfriend, the group moves toward a frenzied climax that calls for a tumbler of whiskey. (July)
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About the Author

JOSHUA MOHR is the author of the novels Some Things that Meant the World to Me, which was one of O Magazine's Top 10 reads of 2009, and the newly released Termite Parade, which was an Editor's Choice selection of The New York Times Book Review. He has an MFA from the University of San Francisco and has published numerous short stories and essays in publications such as 7×7, the Bay Guardian, Zyzzyva, The Rumpus, Other Voices, the Cimarron Review, Gulf Coast and Pleiades, among many others. He lives in San Francisco and teaches fiction writing. Please visit him at joshuamohr.net.

More About the Author

JOSHUA MOHR is the author of the novels "Termite Parade," an Editors' Choice on The New York Times Best Seller List, and "Some Things that Meant the World to Me," one of O Magazine's Top 10 reads of 2009 and a SF Chronicle best-seller. His most recent novel is "Damascus" about which the New York Times said:

"The author's jaunty voice [is] Beat-poet cool...Mohr nails the atmosphere of a San Francisco still breathing in the smoke that lingers from the days of Jim Jones and Dan White, a time when passionate ideologies and personal dysfunction intermingled and combusted."

Mohr teaches in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco and has published numerous short stories and essays in publications such as The New York Times Book Review, 7×7, the Bay Guardian, ZYZZYVA, The Rumpus, among many others. Please visit him at joshuamohr.net.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SonicCat on January 19, 2012
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I loved "Some Things That Meant the World to Me," (STTMTWTM), as it was one of those books that the characters are so real and alive that they almost feel like disturbing family memories. I wanted to read another book like that and after reading the reviews of "The Termite Parade," I thought I'd get my fix. I have to say, there were times that I was reading it that I was just bored with the story and the characters altogether. I mean how many back and forth view points did I have to endure before Mired walked into the apartment? I ended up just skipping forward to just get to the undramatic point. It was like sex without the orgasm. I just didn't care about Mired's plight, Derek's whining self absorption and Frank's insipid movie. Sorry, I just can't rave about it like I can, "STTMTWTM." It felt like a formula book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan E. Evison on July 29, 2010
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Thank you Joshua Mohr for pushing me out of my comfort zone again. This is a dark twisted ride, and a brilliant exploration of betrayal that brings to mind Kafka and Dostoyevsky. Really. You'll never look at a stairwell the same again.
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Readers who want different characters to speak differently should take a look elsewhere, because Joshua Mohr, one of the Bay Area;s best fiction writers, is not interested in helping you out. That old style of developing friction or conflict by careful, some would say obsessive, detailing of characters is not needed here. Though Mohr has his own obsessions, as those who have read his first book will know. But this is not one of those novels that depend on how cozy you are with the author's previous fictions. Indeed it marks a drastic change in Mohr's attitude towards developmental procedures--as Frank O'Hara would say, it marks a "step away from them."

I never actually think that characters with unusual names, unusual to the degree that the narrator has to explain how to pronounce them, ever escape the cute factor entirely, but in this case Mired's foreign air and her general lack of propriety fit in with her Lena Dunham lifestyle, plus one. I felt sorry for her from the beginning, and when Derek steps in to complain about her to make her feel bad about herself, the novel immediately plunges into one of those he said-she said things that always attract me, both in life and in writing. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but with more drinking.

There are surrealistic overtones to the story, which I am loath to spoil, but suffice it to say that the title is well worth brooding about, for it is like the gun in Chekhov's dictum that does not fail to go off in act three. Derek is a perfect pest and a woman hater, but he has his own fears and kinks, he is not merely a twin of his more articulate twin brother. Oh, I forgot to say, if the dilemmas of twins grate on you, again take a hike, but for those of his with twin fantasies, this will be a treat, as it was for me. Can't wait to see what Mohr has in store!
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