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The Dead and the Desperate

Dan Denton

Step into a world of grit and survival in The Dead & The Desperate by Dan Denton. This poignant novel takes you on a raw and unflinching journey through the life of its main character, who becomes an accidental father while grappling with untreated mental illness, addiction, and the grueling reality of low-paying factory jobs in the heart of the Midwest. Denton's evocative prose paints a vivid picture of a life under the poverty line, where desperation and resilience coexist in a landscape of broken dreams and shattered hopes.


Amidst the chaos of a struggling existence, the protagonist navigates the shadowy corners of dive bars, forges unlikely friendships with a diverse cast of characters, and grapples with the weight of homelessness, divorce, and the specter of overdose. The Dead & The Desperate is a haunting portrayal of the challenges faced by those on the margins, offering a unique and unvarnished perspective on a world often overlooked.


This book has garnered praise from literary voices and readers alike, heralded as a return to authentic proletarian literature. Critics acknowledge Dan Danton's unapologetic honesty and courage in baring his soul through this harrowing yet beautiful narrative. The novel's exploration of life's struggles and the quest for love and connection resonates deeply, making it an unforgettable read that lingers in the mind long after the final page is turned.


If you're seeking a powerful and moving tale that delves into the depths of human experience, The Dead & The Desperate is a must-read. It's a story that gives voice to the voiceless, offers solace to the desperate, and reminds us all of the strength to keep going, even when faced with the darkest of circumstances.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Roadside Press
  • Publish Date: May 7th, 2024
  • Pages: 270
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.75in - 1.25lb
  • EAN: 9798990230965
  • Categories: LiteraryBiographicalUrban & Street Lit