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An unstable novel for unstable times.

"Friction," the second novel by Matt Marshall ("The Starlight Line"), unfolds over the course of the tumultuous year 2014. The planet continues to warm, pro-Russian militants seize large swaths of Eastern Ukraine, the Islamic State rises to terror in the Middle East, Syria splinters further toward collapse, Ebola breaks out in West Afri
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Paperback, 146 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by Caged Letter Press
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Jane
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Matt Marshall captures a sign of our times in his second novel: the run-ons; lack of punctuation; hurried language effectively speak to this scurried, non-stop world of today!

The daily stress and anxiety of 2014, pre-apocalypse to this 2018, is captured in main character that can feel little comfort in any one place for too long:

"...the feeling that I was late for something or
other but I can't for the life of me recall what
it might have been... drove home or to that
other important unimport
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Jason Cantrell
Mar 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
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This is, hands down, the worst book I've ever seen in my entire life.

I won it for a Goodreads giveaway, and that's good, because I would never have paid a dime for this book.

First of all, there is no punctuation. There are no commas, no periods, and no dialogue. There's a sporadic question mark or exclamation mark here and there, but usually in the middle of a sentence.

Speaking of sentences, there are none. It's just an endless flow of rambling words strung together with no beginning or end. One
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Matt Marshall is the author of "The Starlight Line" and "Friction." He contributes regularly to AllAboutJazz.com. His work has also appeared in Jazz Inside Magazine, Cleveland Scene, Cleveland Free Times, Free Inquiry and various print and online literary journals. He lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

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