This book is a chronicle of the overlooked and unsung, a collection of award-winning essays based on Brian Jabas Smith's popular column, "Tucson Salvage."
"A humble troubadour of Tucson's desert-fried streets and dives, Brian Jabas Smith listens to barmaids and junkies, to the homeless and the undocumented, and retells their heartbreak tales in incandescent prose. This compassionate book about the struggles of the dispossessed is an important corrective to the myth of the Southwest as a golden promised land."--Margaret Regan, author of Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire
"A true champion of the dispossessed and forgotten. ... I can't recommend this book highly enough."--Willy Vlautin
Brian Jabas Smith is an award-winning journalist, editor and the author of SPENT SAINTS & OTHER STORIES and TUCSON SALVAGE: TALES AND RECOLLECTIONS FROM LA FRONTERA. He was a songwriter who fronted bands Beat Angels and Gentlemen AfterDark and at one point he overcame crystal meth and alcohol addictions. As a kid growing up in Tucson, Arizona, Smith was a national class bicycle racer. He lives in Tucson with his wife and young son.