The Castaway Lounge
"The Castaway Lounge is a page-turner." —Publishers Weekly
"A profane, heartsick, and hilarious masterpiece."
—Benjamin Whitmer, Author of Cry Father and Pike
"Boilard writes of society's cast-offs with profound empathy and affection." —Craig Clevenger, author of Dermaphoria and The Contortionist's Handbook
"The words will stay bright red in your heart." —Sonny Brewer, author of The Widow and the Tree and The Poet of Tolstoy Park
Set in a busted Massachusetts mill town circa 1986, The Castaway Lounge (Dzanc Books/2015) is the story of Applejack Woods, a bad man trying to put the "wrong life" in his rearview mirror. But when a pole dancer ends up dead during an after-hours party, he risks going to prison or worse by setting in motion a plan to bring the killers to justice. Told in the clipped, hard-as-nails language of Elmore Leonard and James Ellroy, The Castaway Lounge explores one man's battle to choose between right and wrong.
A River Closely Watched
"A stunning debut from a writer who you will surely hear from again and again."
—Steve Yarbrough, author of The Realm of Last Chances
"The literary equivalent of punk rock…" —Kirkus Reviews
"Southern Gothic come to New England. Compulsively readable…" —Booklist
In the literary tradition of William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy and William Gay, Jon Boilard's debut novel tells the story of Bobby DuBois, the youngest male descendant of Franklin County's most notorious family of villains. On the run, Bobby is forced into a conflict of blood when he discovers that before achieving redemption he must first pay for the most egregious of his father's sins. Beautiful and brutal, A River Closely Watched chronicles a young man's struggle to save his own soul.