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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (188 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joshua Mohr Narrator: Christopher Evan Welch Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Damascus succeeds in conveying a big-hearted vision.” 

    Wall Street Journal

  • “At once gripping, lucid and fierce, Damascus is the mature effort of an artist devoted to personal growth and as such contains the glints of real gold.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Rife with themes of humanity, passion, and determined resilience…This accomplished effort demonstrates Mohr’s rich, resonant prose, authentically rendered settings, and deft characterization.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • Selected for the October 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Janey | 2/1/2014

    " I have enjoyed each of Josh's books - this one is the most tender, in some ways, and the most hopeful. His language pops off the page, and he renders character in deft and memorable ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maggie | 1/12/2014

    " I became so attached to the characters, I was disappointed to reach the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brandon Petry | 1/11/2014

    " 4.5 stars, I really enjoyed this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christine Fry | 12/13/2013

    " This was a good, quick story about a controversial art show at a dive bar in the Mission of SF. It has some pretty heart-breaking passages about dealing with cancer in a marriage. Definitely made me cry as I read it in bed while Peter was out of town. My only complaint is that the dialogue is not believable. The author uses words that people would never use in conversation. I think that this is Joshua Mohr's first novel so he's probably working on believable dialogue! "

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About the Author
Author Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr is the author of the novels Termite Parade, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice selection; Some Things That Meant the World to Me, one of O, The Oprah Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller; Damascus; and Fight Song—all published to much critical acclaim. Mohr teaches in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco.