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Johnny Red
by David Barringer

8.5" x 5.5"
ISBN 0-9728200-9-4
pp. 276

Johnny Red is an epic and tragicomic love story, a modern picaresque novel about the adventures of Johnny and Ruth as they are imprisoned, survive the pitfalls of The Pen, escape to the open road, make their way across America, and try to make something of their lives. Oh... and Johnny is a Rock Red rooster; Ruth, a Leghorn hen.

The book includes a gallery of ten illustrations by Kim Battista. The illustrations, commissioned especially for this book, are portraits of the various breeds who make their appearances as characters in the novel.

The novel is divided into four parts: I. Life in the Pen; II. Our Lives on the Road; III. The Oral Histories of the Late Adventures of John & Ruth; and IV. A Day for All Days.

About the Author
David Barringer works as a writer and designer. He has published four collections of short fiction and a book-length essay, American Mutt Barks in the Yard, in Emigre 68. His fiction has appeared in Epoch, Nerve, Quick Fiction, Failbetter, Tatlin's Tower, Del Sol Review, Wisconsin Review, Outsider Ink, Drunken Boat, Hobart, Monkeybicycle, Barrelhouse, Eyeshot and Pindeldyboz. As a freelance journalist, he has written for Details, Playboy, Mademoiselle, The American Prospect, The ABA Journal, The Detroit Free Press and Detroit Monthly.

Reviews & Praise
"A tour de force! Amazing!"
--M.M.M. Hayes, Storyquarterly

"A fine and disturbing story."
--Michael Koch, Epoch

"Barringer surpasses so many other writers in his ability to consistently reach the reader on multiple levels."
--Wisconsin Review

Bookslut (July 2005)

Click here for excerpts from Chapter 1 and Chapter 7.

Author News
Articles by the Author
Where the Novel's Headed (MobyLives, May 16, 2005)
Here Comes the Rooster: A Cocky Guide for the Graphic Designer (AIGA, November 30, 2005)

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