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Mule: A Novel of Moving Weight Paperback – September 27, 2011
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"An acutely detailed page-turner..."
—Booklist"A smart and bracing ground-level exploration of the drug trade."
—Kirkus"Mule is the sort of novel I love: it solves nothing but explains everything. It also, thanks to its wicked style and pacing, lets me forget I’m reading serious literature while I follow its terrifying story into the land of the all-American damned."
—Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air "Mule is swift, taut, and relentless, both a rip-roaring drug tale and a fascinating portrait of a decent human being whose morals slowly disintegrate under unbearable financial strain. Tony D'Souza proves, yet again, that he is an immensely clever storyteller with plenty of talent to spare."
—Lauren Groff, author of The Monsters of Templeton"With adrenaline-infused sentences and a seat-gripping storyline, Tony D’Souza has written one of the first great novels to emerge from our perplexing, endless recession. A heartfelt tale of one family’s freefall, Mule is a novel that illuminates contemporary American desperation, both its dangerous precipices and its thrilling, overwhelming freedom."
—Dean Bakopoulos, author of My American Unhappiness
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“Mule is swift, taut, and relentless, both a rip-roaring drug tale and a fascinating portrait of a decent human being whose morals slowly disintegrate under unbearable financial strain.” — Lauren Groff, author of The Monsters of Templeton
James and Kate are golden children of the late twentieth century, flush with opportunity. But an economic downturn and an unexpected pregnancy send them searching for a way to make do. A friend in California’s Siskiyou County grows prime-grade marijuana; if James transports just one load from Cali to Florida, he’ll pull down enough cash to survive for months. And so begins the life of a mule.
A page-turning, Zeitgeist-capturing novel that plunges us into the criminal underworld with little chance to take a breath, Mule is about young people trying to make do in a moment when the American Dream they never had to believe in — because it was handed to them, fully wrapped and ready to go at the takeout window — suddenly vanishes from the menu.
“With adrenaline-infused sentences and a seat-gripping story line, Mule is a novel that illuminates contemporary American desperation, both its dangerous precipices and its thrilling, overwhelming freedom.” — Dean Bakopoulos, author of My American Unhappiness
Tony D’Souza is the author of two novels, including the award-winning Whiteman. He has contributed to numerous magazines, includ¬ing The New Yorker, Playboy, Esquire, Granta, and McSweeney’s.
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Top customer reviews
Even more surprising because the author's earlier work, "Whiteman" was both entertaining and well written.
I can see what some of the other reviewers meant when they said that there wasn't enough character development at the beginning of the book, but the book is called MULE. I wanted to read about that-not spend pages and pages reading about their life prior.
Bottom line, get this book!
Nice surprises. The fast paced storyline makes for that sort of book you have a hard time putting down.
Then suddenly it's The End.
No I say.
And then what happened?"