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Paperback Book Details
  • 12/2022
  • 9781802277722
  • 298 pages
  • $11.99
Benjamin Grose
Author
The Reprobates

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

Welcome to Munks...home to the lost, the lonely, and those in perpetual limbo. A famous nightclub now in decline. New owners with wayward ideas are determined to redeem this place of moral bankruptcy. Amongst the rot, the depravity, the crime, and the hedonism - a young man tries to save it from ruin, instead of saving both himself and everyone in it. This is a black comedy that turns a tainted mirror on to some of the most accepted and corrosive problems in our society.
Reviews
Refreshingly light on traditional narrative, Grose’s debut novel-length character study takes readers to Munks, a once-lively nightclub now fallen to disrepair, struggling along in 2011’s urban England. Under the inept new management, Munks decays physically as pipes burst, the sound equipment is repossessed, and employees flee the sinking ship, at the same time as “new” bands, including Mumford and Sons and Ed Sheeran, get their starts on the dying dance floor. The nameless manager, on “borrowed time” after three years of tenure, narrates the day-to-day crises of property destruction, alcoholism, and camaraderie in the various identities he tries on, changing names based on the situation, with an ease he can’t bring to bear against his own addictions.

The vivid, sweat-glazed alcoholic environs of Munks and its ever-rotating cast of employees and patrons reflect Grose’s past experience working in a nightclub. The titular reprobates, employee and customer alike, are as interchangeable and highly alcoholic as the selection of shots available at the bar. Munks itself—the drinks, the petty office politics, and the contemporary playlist (helpfully already compiled on Grose’s website via Spotify)—carry both the narrative and prose, with the blank-slate manager’s sparse backstory existing only to break up long sections of rubbernecking Munks’s downfall and Grose’s choice to reflect the occasional dated humor that may be off-putting to some readers.

Character/location studies of this length are unusual, particularly as debuts, but what The Reprobates lacks in narrative arc it makes up for in loving homage to grunge and the ever-bygone nostalgia of a constantly “lost generation.” Grose’s depictions of the club’s rampant alcoholism are painstakingly evocative and realistic, and Munks could easily serve as an after-work bar in any beloved police procedural. This will entertain any reader who enjoys gritty realism or longs for their bachelor days of unfettered drinking and carousing.

Takeaway: A place-as-character homage to gritty nightclubs and youthful carousing.

Great for fans of: Robert Galbraith, J.R. Moehringer’s The Tender Bar.

Production grades
Cover: A-
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: NA
Editing: B
Marketing copy: B

Barnes & Noble

A Masterpiece of Societal Observation

The Reprobates is a book for our time. Its a fantastic observation of night club life and the horrors people are capable of in between sweaty, thumping ceilings and booze soaked sticky floors. Anyone who has been young and reckless, will both reminisce and grimace at the events that unfurl in The Reprobates and will feel the loss of those decadent euphoric years alongside sorrow for the lifers, the ones still there, who cannot climb out of the vicious trap. Excellent.

Good Reads

Benjamin Grose’s book “THE REPROBATES” is fast-paced, action-packed, and written with a pinch of black comedy and humor. If you don't like to laugh, don't read this book.

It's about a nightclub called Munks that used to be popular and used to welcome lost and lonely fellows. But with time, Munks lost its charm and faced decline. There were people who wanted to save Munks and there were people who wanted to turn Munks into something else.

With every turning page, the story just gets more interesting. Benjamin Grose is a great writer, and I really enjoy every moment I spend with this book.

Good Reads

“The Reprobates” by Benjamin Grose is an engaging story that is written from a first person’s perspective and revolves around a popular nightclub- Munks which is now in decline. Munks used to welcome all kinds of people- broken, lost, sad, lonely… To save the club, new owners plan to redeem Munks of moral bankruptcy with a strategy in mind. The situation is turning from bad to worse, but then there comes our hero, who tries to take Munks exactly where it used to be, even to a better position. But he will have to pay a higher cost!
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The story is fascinating, engaging and highly addictive. It’s spread across 243 pages and I struggled to put this book down, you know, to sleep or eat and things. I finished reading this in 3 sittings. The characters are well-crafted. The pacing is good. I laughed, worried and enjoyed the story with these characters as I kept turning the pages. I would definitely recommend reading

Good Reads

This book is clever, funny, and hard to put down. I did not know what I was getting into when I started this novel. I laughed all the way through it. It's a story of new owners of a used-to-be-a-famous nightclub who are determined to redeem Munks of moral bankruptcy. Then there’s our hero who muddles his way through the chaos to save the nightclub but at what cost?

I loved this book. The plot is unique. The characters are great. From Pete Bone to Dancing Man, every character was well-developed. The snarkiness between them was perfect! There’s healthy comedy in the story which turned this book into an unputdownable read for me. Overall, a great story.

Good Reads

This is the first time I read Benjamin Grose’s book and I loved the story. After every page, the story just gets better. The author wrote the story in such a manner that as a reader, you will feel like you’re in the story. The author wonderfully portrayed nightclub life and the horrors people are capable of in between sweaty, thumping ceilings and booze-soaked sticky floors.

This author’s book is a rare breed. You skip to the end, counting how many pages are left. You do this because you DO NOT want the story to end. It’s funny, action-packed, and has just about every quality that a bestseller book should have! Keep up the good work, Grose!

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 12/2022
  • 9781802277722
  • 298 pages
  • $11.99

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