Some Things That Meant the World to MeBook - 2009
#8 of 10 Terrific Reads of 2009. "Charles Bukowski will dig the grit in this seedy novel, a poetic rendering of postmodern San Francisco." -O, The Oprah Magazine
A Best Book of the Year -The Nervous Breakdown
"Where Michel Gondry would go if he went down a few too many miles of bad desert road." -The Collagist
"Mohr's prose roams with chimerical liquidity. The magic of this book is a disturbing, hallucinogenic magic." -Boston's Weekly Dig
Following a 30-year-old man named Rhonda suffering from depersonalization, Some Things That Meant the World to Me is a gritty and beautiful work that is creative and hypnotic, and should stand as an introduction of an original new voice to American literature.
When Rhonda was a child -- abandoned and ignored by his mother; abused and misguided by his mother's boyfriend -- he imagined the rooms of his home drifting apart from one another like separating continents. Years later, after an embarassing episode as an adult, Rhonda's inner-child appears, leading him to a trapdoor in the bottom of a dumpster behind a taqueria that will force him to finally confront his troubled past.
In the spirit of Cruddy and Hairstyles of the Damned , Joshua Mohr has created a remarkable and unforgettable character in this charmingly poetic and maturely crafted first novel.
Joshua Mohr has been published in Other Voices , The Cimarron Review , Pleiades , and Gulf Coast , among others. He lives in San Francisco and teaches at a halfway house.