Potted Meat (Steven Dunn)

"Some of the bags bust. Meat and milk drip onto my chest. Diapers, chicken bones, maxi pads. I lift a bag above my head and brown jelly oozes into my mouth. Lunch time...I sit with my bologna sandwich and Fritos. Gray milk, I think, soaks through my pants until I feel it in my crack and on my balls."

"Some of the bags bust. Meat and milk drip onto my chest. Diapers, chicken bones, maxi pads. I lift a bag above my head and brown jelly oozes into my mouth. Lunch time...I sit with my bologna sandwich and Fritos. Gray milk, I think, soaks through my pants until I feel it in my crack and on my balls."

U.S.A. / 2016

Potted Meat is a kind of experiment in story-telling. The narrative unfolds in sparse and fragmented, yet unforgettable, prose. It's set in a town in West Virginia and follows a Black boy as he confronts trauma, abuse, and poverty. This is Dunn's 1st novel. It's being praised as vivid, brutal and groundbreaking. I absolutely loved this book. Thanks @rcwliteraryagency for the lovely recommendation. Get this book at Tarpaulin Sky Press

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