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"The Saint I Ain't: Stories from Sycamore Street" by Bobby Johnston

Sinners, saints and saviors collide in Bobby Johnston's stories, which chronicle the savagery and poetry of oppressive Catholic upbringing in 1970s Rust-Belt America. Johnston weaves landscapes of transgression and absolution, humor and resilience into his sharp-eyed tapestry of recall. [CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION]

Bobby Johnston's book is much more than a coming-of-age memoir: It's an intimate portrait of a group of Rust Belt misfits and the community they've built, with all its wonders and secrets, its transcendent moments, and its horrors. Johnston plays so many different emotional notes in this collection: his stories are funny and haunting; tender and violent; realistic and psychedelic. The Saint I Ain't is a moving and finely-crafted work of literary art.

Bobby Johnston is a Los Angeles based film composer and multi-instrumentalist. The Saint I Ain't: Stories from Sycamore Street is his first book.

Jeremy [Six Strings]

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