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Mongrels: A Novel (Paperback)

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Mongrels is not as bloody as Duncan's The Last Werewolf; its less glamorous (if you can believe it) and more real. Better. Stronger. More heartfelt. There's a lot that can be read metaphorically: the complications of living between worlds, of surviving in a world so different than the one your history prepares you for, of loving your family no matter what/who they eat. Or it can be read a different kind of coming of age story--one with teeth. But mostly I read it as the kind of story we read when we want to be massively entertained by lies--lies that are just a different kind of truth, stories that are just a different kind of history. It's a truly inventive world full of creative details--like why pantyhose is a bad idea for werewolves and what might happen when they fall in love. My hat is off to Graham Jones; I highly recommend this read.

— Nici

Mongrels is about families and the strangeness of growing up; about the truths that hide in lies. It’s about Mack trucks and werewolves. A young boy is ferried across the deep south by his aunt and uncle as they struggle to survive life on the run. Jones delivers an immersive and raw journey which deftly juxtaposes tender moments with unflinching grit.

— Kelly

Mongrels follows a family of outlaw werewolves as journey across the American South (think Kathryn Bigelow’s film Near Dark, but with werewolves). Like much of Jones’s work, Mongrels strikes a delicate balance between disturbing and hilarious, making this absolutely unforgettable. Be cautious, though, because you will never look at French fries or pantyhose the same again.

— Travis


Nominated for both the Shirley Jackson and Bram Stoker Awards, and a Best of 2016 selection of and Book Riot, acclaimed horror writer Stephen Graham Jones' (The Only Good Indians and My Heart is a Chainsaw) Mongrels goes beyond your typical werewolf story to show a young boy, mired in poverty and always on the run, coming-of-age in a world that fears him and hates his family...but may just be more monstrous than he could ever be.

He was born an outsider, like the rest of his family. Poor yet resilient, he lives in the shadows with his aunt Libby and uncle Darren, folk who stubbornly make their way in a society that does not understand or want them. They are mongrels, mixed blood, neither this nor that. The boy at the center of Mongrels must decide if he belongs on the road with his aunt and uncle, or if he fits with the people on the other side of the tracks.

For ten years, he and his family have lived a life of late-night exits and narrow escapes—always on the move across the South to stay one step ahead of the law. But the time is drawing near when Darren and Libby will finally know if their nephew is like them or not. And the close calls they’ve been running from for so long are catching up fast now. Everything is about to change.

A compelling and fascinating journey, Mongrels alternates between past and present to create an unforgettable portrait of a boy trying to understand his family and his place in a complex and unforgiving world. A smart and innovative story— funny, bloody, raw, and real—told in a rhythmic voice full of heart, Mongrels is a deeply moving, sometimes grisly, novel that illuminates the challenges and tender joys of a life beyond the ordinary in a bold and imaginative new way.

About the Author

Stephen Graham Jones is the author of fifteen novels and six story collections. He has received numerous awards, including the NEA Literature Fellowship in fiction, the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction, the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction, and the This Is Horror Award, as well as making Bloody Disgusting’s Top Ten Horror Novels of the Year. Stephen was raised in West Texas. He now lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and children.

Praise For…

Mongrels isn’t just a coming-of-age story or a horror story. It looks at the world through a disturbing, uncomfortable lens, and offers up a brutal mythology of werewolves. I’ve never seen anything quite like it and I won’t forget it anytime soon.” — Carrie Vaughn, New York Times bestselling author of the Kitty Norville series

“With lupine tongue tucked well into cheek, Mongrels is at once an adolescent romp through the tangled woods of family history and a rich compendium of werewolf lore old and new.” — Christopher Buehlman, author of Those Across the River and The Lesser Dead

“Lyrical...The narrator’s voice is heartfelt and often moving portrait of a family struggling to survive.” — Publishers Weekly

“A love letter to the American South...Jones’ portrayals of rural American ring true in many ways. Horror enthusiasts will also dig the graphic mythology...A Holden Caulfield analogue dropped into an old horror movie with a soundtrack by Warren Zevon.” — Kirkus Reviews

Mongrels exists somewhere in the borderlands of literary and genre fiction, full of horror and humor and heart, at once a nightmarish road trip and a moving story about a broken family leashed together by their fierce love and loyalty. A bloody great read.” — Benjamin Percy, author of The Dead Lands, Red Moon, and The Wilding

“Stephen Graham Jones is as powerful as the monsters herein.” — Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box

Mongrels left me speechless. Or breathless. Certainly without my dew claw. I mean, it’s so smart, original, thrilling, horrifying, and human.” — Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil's Rock

“A gory monster coming-of-age tale that makes love triangles with sparkling vampires seem like trivial concerns...A thoughtful, entertaining novel with rich details, well-drawn characters, and, if you’ll forgive the phrase, plenty of bite.” — Los Angeles Times

Mongrels makes a meal fit for any werewolf: meaty, surprisingly sweet of heart, and immensely satisfying...As real as anything you’d find in S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. Only wiht more teeth.” —

“You ever read a book and know from the first page that it’s going to be something special?...SGJ’s words are reasonable enough to convert the biggest skeptic into a believer. He’ll have you howling at the moon and digging through the trash in no time.” — LitReactor

“Hilarious, painful, fascinating, and satisfying...Will easily be remembered as one of the most unique and unforgettable werewolf tales ever written. It’s both a postmodern deconstruction and a wild love letter to a classic creature of legend, told in a way that only Stephen Graham Jones can tell” — New York Journal of Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062412706
ISBN-10: 0062412701
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: January 24th, 2017
Pages: 320
Language: English
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