Dancing at the Gold Monkey by Allen Learst

By Allen Learst

Winner of the 2011 Leapfrog Fiction Contest.

"Renders brief moments of serious good looks, to bare the best way we'd go beyond sorrow through our unwavering recognition to beautiful element and the secret of creation."—Melanie Rae Thon

"Time jumps during this complete tale cycle, as does the boundary betwixt fact and dream, reminiscence and mind's eye. . . . And warfare, because it will, soaks all. Learst writes with the exact visceral authority of strive against noticeable and visions earned. very important, valuable reading."—Donald Anderson, writer of Fire Road

"The destruction of the human spirit by the hands of an event that's as emotionally pyrotechnic and morally absurd because the habit of [Learst's] characters."—Gordon Weaver, writer of Count a Lonely Cadence

A younger naval officer crashes his F-16 fighter jet within the South China Sea, ceaselessly altering the lives of the 5 infantrymen who locate his physique. They go through gritty post-Vietnam Detroit with the ladies they love during this associated number of mental drama, sexual escapades, and latent violence tinged with compassion, grief, and love, arriving eventually on the demise of 1 man's son in Iraq. Allen Learst's writing explores an inside war—the battle of the psyche fought by way of all returning soldiers—and their makes an attempt to evolve and live to tell the tale with out the information it takes to heal or alleviate their pain.

Allen Learst, a Vietnam strive against infantryman, labored for Detroit's automobile undefined, attended university at the GI invoice, and earned his PhD in inventive writing. he's a senior lecturer on the college of Wisconsin, Marinette.

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