Review of Raking the Dust

A review of Raking the Dust for which I was most appreciative.
“Gritty and serene, twisted and sweet, bizarre and weirdly relatable… this novel is magical surrealism and simple authenticity woven together in an improbably captivating tale. I was reminded of Murakami and Don DeLillo, with a little J.D. Salinger and Bukowski– the simplicity is deceptive and the author draws you in to an odd tale that becomes irresistibly mysterious and compelling before you even realize it.”
“I found the stylistic choices a little challenging to follow at first– the author chooses to leave out quotation marks in dialogue, for example– but when you realize that the author is from deepest Bensonhurst (Italian Brooklyn) and telling the story from a deeply personal point of view, it becomes easy to read the first-person perspective in that accent and angle, and it all starts to flow. Once you’ve fallen into the perspective and rhythm, the tale wends and winds in a way that is arresting and difficult to put down. I laughed out loud and cried, I frowned in puzzled bewilderment and felt tipsy with the utter surreality written so well it casts a spell. From the tone of Brooklyn to the quirky, dusty twists of Taos, New Mexico to the strange experiential art world of San Francisco, this journey is more true than it is real, and yet achieves more reality than most novels manage to in their traditional literal realms. This author is clearly an original and a rare talent, and this is well worth the read, especially if you’re a real reader and are ready for new experiences.”– Ivy Little
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About John Biscello

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, writer, poet, spoken word performer, and playwright, John Biscello now lives in Taos, New Mexico. He is the author of two novels: Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale and Raking the Dust, and a collection of stories, Freeze Tag. His fiction and poetry has appeared in: Art Times, nthposition, The Wanderlust Review, Ophelia Street, Caper, Polyphony, Dilate, Militant Roger, Chokecherries, Farmhouse, BENT, The 555 Collective, Instigator, Brass Sopaipilla, The Iconoclast, Adobe Walls, Kansas City Voices, and the Tishman Review. His blog--Notes of an Urban Stray--can be read at johnbiscello.blogspot.com. Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale was named Underground Book Reviews 2014 Book of the Year.
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