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The Dirt Chronicles

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Lambda Literary Award finalist

A tattooed young man regains consciousness in the Don Jail, charged with his friend's murder. An anti-social office clerk falls for a handsome bike courier and abandons his former life. An Ojibwe teen hunts for her kidnapped girlfriend in an illegal sex trade ring and seeks revenge. This is the intense reality of The Dirt Chronicles, Kristyn D
Paperback, 248 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Arsenal Pulp Press (first published September 2011)
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Aug 08, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish the publisher billed this book less as a collection of short stories and more as a post-modern novel. The threads of the stories form a captivating and wrenching tale that builds steam as it races to the finish. It's a window into a parallel world that exists right alongside we gentry, where life is perilous and precarious; where having a different values system makes you the target of the powerful.

Dunnion creates indelible characters -- she has a gift for character voice. The dark shadow
Sep 18, 2012 Chad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-wins, owned
Many thanks to Goodreads, the publisher and the author for my free copy of this book. I won this through Firstreads and after a hiccup finally received my copy this week. An especially huge thank you to Jennifer and the team at Arsenal Pulp Press for taking care of me and sending me a new copy so promptly! She was very helpful after I contacted them about not receiving my copy.

I would like to start off by saying that anything in my review is strictly opinion and if you do not agree with me that
In The Dirt Chronicles, Kristyn Dunnion writes brilliant, moving stories about a diverse crowd: anarchist punks, dumpster-diving freegans, a First Nations lesbian teenager, queer brown kids in foster care, trans sex workers, middle-aged ostensibly straight men with intense homoerotic cross-cultural bonds, and tireless activists living in abandoned buildings. The subjects of Dunnion’s stories are the kinds of people you don’t usually come across even in queer literature, those outlaws who are on ...more
Sep 17, 2012 Lara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
It feels like a large portion of the books I've read in the last few years have closeted sexuality as The Big Secret, here, the added wrinkle of street life made it much more interesting. Also, the author doesn't really hit you over the head with either LGBT stuff or the homelessness, they're just woven in organically. Like it's just a fact of life and the characters have dealt/are dealing with it, so must you, reader. If this had been written in the YA genre, the characters would have been whin ...more
May 19, 2013 Kristen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just finished my copy that I won last year from a Goodreads giveaway. I am usually a fast reader, and feel ashamed it took so long to finish this book. I think that it took until about halfway through the book for me to realize that this isn't a collection of short stories, and is basically a story that jumps from each character's perspective. I gave The Dirt Chronicles two stars, not due to the overall story (which was decent as it went on), but due to the fact that it took quite a lot of tim ...more
Igpy Kin
The Dirt Chronicles features an array of characters from demographics we don't see enough of in fiction, though Dunnion brings in more characters and subplots than she seems to know what to do with. The book was hard to get into, as hopping from character to character meant it took a while to get invested in any one story, but there was a sweet spot in the middle of the book where I was hooked. However, as the book comes to a close, its subplots unravel — the pacing gets jerkier, some storylines ...more
Jul 22, 2012 Kala rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got this book in a giveaway from Arsenal Pulp Press and I finally got around to reading it - glad I did, I enjoyed this collection quite a bit. Reads more like a novel than a collection of short stories, since many of the characters pop up in more than one story. Very dark and gritty book, but I tend to enjoy that so there you go!
Feb 05, 2016 willowdog rated it it was amazing
Composed and concise inter-related short stories to create novelistic plot. First two stories are the best I have read this year.All stories told in first person by a number of different narrators. One plot line is not followed--Eddy--Does he rot in jail?
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Jul 04, 2014 Sassafras Lowrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
was so excited for this book to come out that i ordered it online because it released in canada before here in the states!
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Kristyn Dunnion's academic pedigree is matched only by her punk credentials. She studied English and Theatre at McGill and holds a Masters in English. She's also the bass player for a dykemetal band called Heavy Filth and is known to host burlesque parties and drag king shows.

She currently lives in Toronto.
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