Wounded Tongue

A NOVEL by Garrett Dennert




The world went dark months ago.

Most chased the light as it went out. Those that stayed now live in fear – of the depletion of resources; of the blackout’s effects on the environment; of the masked tribes warring over pockets of the new world.  

It’s only in the aftermath of sudden events that Vitri, a middle-aged scavenger from Waco, Texas, finds himself thrust in motion, eastward, towards family with whom he has no intention of resuming life.

Circumstances force Vitri to cross paths with Reyn, a hearing-impaired orphan also journeying alone. Head and heart tell each to ally, to navigate the obstacles before them and travel east together. But what they discover lies between them soon becomes the largest obstacle of all.


"... unabashedly stark and animalistic and grim... "

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"...made me sit up and pay attention while reading. Made me think."

-Amazon Review



In 2012, Garrett Dennert obtained his B.A. in Creative Writing from Grand Valley State University, emphasizing in Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. There, he contributed to the school's literary journal, fishladder, and soon after served as founding member and Nonfiction Editor of Squalorly.

Dennert has since been fortunate enough to place stories and essays at Barely South ReviewMidwestern GothicMonkeybicycle, and Whiskeypaper.

Wounded Tongue is his first novel. 

Author photo credit: Gavin Doremus

*For inquiries about Wounded Tongue, contact Garrett Dennert at editor[at]orsonspublishing.com