The Bonnie & Clyde Files

The Bonnie & Clyde Files



A special limited print edition of 300 copies, signed by the author is now selling for $30 (plus shipping). A handmade bookmark and bonus short story will also be included.

By Matt Love


In 2017, at the age of 53, I experienced an extinction of self. For the first time in my life, I could not get a job, I was nearly broke, and I had no freedom of movement or conscience. I was an American outcast trapped in a labyrinth known as probation, desperately engaged in the ultimate struggle to stave off marginalization. There I was, lying on the couch, talking to my dead husky, words echoing through the house that was empty because I had performed terrible hospice care on myself and given away almost everything.

Then I found two senior dogs named Bonnie and Clyde, residents of Angels for Sarah Sancturary, a refuge along the Lewis and Clark River. There, walking two dogs, I resurrected as a human being. I read the river, tracked elk, watched birds, slayed blackberries, skipped rocks, cursed clearcuts, walked in rain and went deep into heretofore unknown areas of my creative mind. With Bonnie and Clyde at my side, I learned important lessons of faith, friendship, family, face-to-face encounters and the timeless remedy of nature, lessons I intuit can enlighten others who experience a cataclysmic personal event.

In The Bonnie and Clyde Files, I merge essay, cultural criticism, memoir, streams of consciousness and poetry to create a hybrid of a genre that is unlike any dog book I have ever read. I wrote on instinct, channeled Walt Whitman, and became a dog to better explore humanity, my country and the treatment of men and women at the hands of the state’s criminal justice system. I wrote to understand all the terrible, bizarre and wonderful things that were happening to me.

I invite you to support my latest literary endeavor by purchasing The Bonnie and Clyde Files direct from Nestucca Spit Press, scheduled for release in April 2019. The book will be unavailable in stores or libraries. Half of the profits are earmarked for the Angels for Sarah Sancturary to continue their excellent work. Customers can use Paypal or make other arrangements for payment by contacting me via email or through this web site. Barter is also accepted.