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Two Dollar Radio
<DIV><BR><P>"<I>Damascus</I> succeeds in conveying a big-hearted vision." —<I>The Wall Street Journal</I><BR><BR><BR>"At once gripping, lucid and fierce, <I>Damascus</I> is the mature effort of an artist devoted to personal growth and as such contains the glints of real gold." -<I>San Francisco Chronicle</I><P><BR><P>It's 2003 and the country is divided evenly for and against the Iraq War. Damascus, a dive bar in San Francisco's Mission District, becomes the unlikely setting for a showdown between the opposing sides.</P><BR><P>Tensions come to a boil when Owen, the bar's proprietor who has recently taken to wearing a Santa suit full-time, agrees to host the joint's first (and only) art show by Sylvia Suture, an ambitious young artist who longs to take her act to the dramatic precipice of the high-wire by nailing live fish to the walls as a political statement.</P><BR><P>An incredibly creative and fully rendered cast of characters orbit the bar. There's No Eyebrows, a cancer patient who has come to the Mission to die anonymously; Shambles, the patron saint of the hand job; Revv, a lead singer who acts too much like a lead singer; and Owen, donning his Santa costume to mask the most unfortunate birthmark imaginable.</P><BR><P><I>Damascus</I> is the place where confusion and frustration run out of room to hide. By gracefully tackling such complicated topics as cancer, Iraq, and issues of self-esteem, Joshua Mohr has painted his most accomplished novel yet.</P><BR><P><B>Joshua Mohr</B> is the <I>San Francisco Chronicle </I>best-selling author of <I>Some Things That Meant the World to Me</I> and <I>Termite Parade</I>, a <I>New York Times Book Review </I>editors' choice selection.</P><BR></DIV>