Review of Donnybrook by Frank Bill

Farrar, Straus and Giroux May 5th, 2013 The cover of this book grabbed me: a fist smashing a face and I knew I had to read it. The library came through. It was on the new release shelf. I read it in two days. It would have gone quicker if real life hadn’t interfered. Ok, the Donnybrook of the title refers to this backwoods, bare knuckle fight that takes place over a three day weekend on a rural farm in southern Indiana. Twenty men enter a ring and fight till only one man is left standing. This happens six times. The spectators bet, drink, do drugs and eat BBQ. The final fight consists of the winners of the six previous fights. They...