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Beginning with a client he suspects may be engaged in fraudulent dealings, Yahn Marynugh’s life starts to fall apart in Godsmack: Part 1, The Mother Earth by Josie Peterson. His health also suffers, with more clients coming after him to recover whatever finances they can. As Yahn continues this downward spiral, he eventually comes upon a sale advertisement for an organic farm in a rural area. It provides an opportunity for Yahn to escape and start anew. However, his criminal clients have other plans for him. With the help of his trusted companion, George, and newfound friends, Yahn travels into a world of awe, wonder, and peril. He will ultimately have to make a choice -- a decision that will alter the trajectory of his life.
Godsmack: Part 1, The Mother Earth by Josie Peterson is a dark comedy about one man’s journey to improve his circumstances despite the odds stacked against him. Godsmack felt almost like an experimental story to me. The narrative is compelling and suspenseful, keeping the pages turning. Elements of surrealism add to the heightened reality that Yahn is experiencing. In addition, Peterson does not shy away from revealing the corrupt and lawless underbelly of the city. With these combined elements, Peterson presents a compelling, offbeat, tragic, and funny drama about salvation and self amid despair and suffering.