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The Best Way to Get Even The Best Way to Get Even
Author: Cox, Michael W.
Pub Date: 2017; 188 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59539-045-5
Price: $14.95

Novel. In The Best Way to Get Even, Michael W. Cox gives us a glimpse at how readily a life can go awry as well as at the cruel ironies of redemption. Heartbreaking and hopeful simultaneously, this novel, in the character of Professor Callahan, presents us insights into how we cope with middle age, the changing world, the failures of our relationships, and the heartaches of our own making." —Gerry LaFemina.
American Vaudeville
Author: Lattari, Katie
Pub Date: Apr 2016; 161 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59539-016-5
Price: $19.95

Fiction. In the words of some of its reviewers, "American Vaudeville vaudevilles the novel" —Lance Olsen. "Told in swift prose fragments," it "explores the life and talent of Zembla Vist, an eccentric and audacious narrator who takes us on a kaleidoscopic ride through America in an attempt to reconstruct her past." —Azareen Van Der Vliet. "Katie Lattari writes as if she were one part journalist, one part historian, one part poet, one part comic, another part memoirist—but always a seer, exceedingly fresh, and ultimately poignant depiction of what it is to be alive today." —Steve Tomasula.
Farm for Mutes
Author: Anastasopoulos, Dimitri
Pub Date: Sept 2013; 203 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59539-019-6
Price: $15.95

Fiction. What if an eavesdropper were listening to every detail of your daily life through a crafty bugging device? What if, after snooping around, he lay in wait for you? For just the right moment to visit your home? In Farm For Mutes, Dimitri Anastasopoulos pries into the lives of one couple—an audio restoration expert and his germaphobic wife—and their sterile but abiding love for one another. They're aging fast, their lives accelerating toward an evolutionary moment they both hope to stall: their eavesdropping visitor allows them a final chance at harmony with the universe before he whisks one of them away. At once comic and caustic, pitiless and tender, Farm For Mutes takes a remorseless look at a digital age infatuated with reproduction and presentation, performance and media.

Farm For Mutes is a refreshing read for readers who like their literary escapades with a touch of weird. If anything, the world will seem a little stranger to anyone having read it. Through his clever and compelling prose, Anastasopoulos imbues a creepy air of mystery that permeates this unconventional read." —Leia Menlove, The ForeWord Review
The Drums of Africa
Author: Schell, Tim
Pub Date: Aug 2007; 247 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59539-022-6
Price: $15.95

Novel. Tim Schell's first novel is a gripping and timely tale of two young Americans, Val and Glen, arriving in Africa as Peace Corps volunteers in the 1970's, filled with altruism, naïveté and thirst for adventure. As the line between adventure and catastrophe narrows, Schell masterfully creates a mosaic of cultural perspectives and ethical tensions between faith and its lack, politics and revolutionary coups, lust and love set against an exotic backdrop rife with sorcerers, priests, corrupt politicians, poachers, coffee farmers, Peace Corps workers and prostitutes, a place leading each character inward to unexpected self-revelation and self-sacrifice.
Melissa Pritchard
Martians, A Creature
Author: Kress, Dave
Pub Date: Jan 2004; 246 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59539-000-4
Price: $14.95

Novel. Dave Kress draws us into the tale of Ray "Gnat" Smith from a variety of perspectives: sometimes were ad Gnat's first-person accounts, sometimes we find his discarded rants; occasionally, Gnat is simply a face in someone else's crowd, or his exploits related by a pack of narrators, some kind, others openly hostile. But Martians doesn't suggest that these perspectives add to each other or to our knowledge of Gnat; rather it asks readers to consider them as multiple subtractions: without identity, knowledge, or ethics, just what are humans and what kind of world do they inhabit? World travelers alien in their own skin? Accidents of a nature they themselves have constructed? Familiar and weird at the same time, Martians asks its readers to remove the linchpin holding together the ordinary—and then to stand back.
Flicker in the Porthole Glass
Author: Desautels, Edward
Pub Date: May 2002; 277 pages
ISBN: 0-9718059-0-3
Price: $17.95

Novel. Jack Ruineux, projectionist at a run-down movie theater in Philadelphia, struggles to reconcile Hollywood imagery with his dreary quotidian existence. Alienated from his family, haunted by dark memories of his youth, Ruineux casts himself into an inner world where history, myth, memory, and nostalgia blend in whims of self-reinvention. His concerned lover attempts an emphatic understanding, and seeks to "fill in the gaps" of his broken narrative in order to make whole a Ruineux with whom she can enjoy a profound connection.

A Larger Sense of Harvey
Author: Anastasopoulos, Dimitri
Pub Date: 2001; 413 pages
ISBN: 0-9666028-8-9
Price: $18.00

Novel. A tale about language, love, and identity, A Larger Sense of Harvey takes a bold stand between the traditions of American metafiction and the European epic. Set in the Greek islands, Helsinki, Minsk, and even a research facility in Lapland, the novel chronicles the life of the self-styled “typer,” divorcee, and impenitent (if impotent) observer Harvey Rocketsch. Beginning with his postwar boyhood outside Minsk, to his tenure documenting covert language research at a secret lab in the Arctic, the novel reveals the mystery behind Harvey’s death in a freak ballooning accident over the Dvina River.

Though the novel is presented as a compilation of Harvey’s private journals, the question of translation—particularly botched translation—looms large as it becomes clear that Harvey’s personal accounts have been skewed by his friend, mentor, and colleague Martin Ambrose. Eventually Ambrose’s translations are pit against the authentic story which is revealed despite his attempts to suppress it. The result is a narrative laced with both hilarious and gently philosophical moments as Anastasopoulos goes on to consider the nature of sex, language, and male friendship.

Counting Zero
Author: Kress, Dave
Pub Date: 1999; 370 pages
ISBN: 0-9666028-2-X
Price: $20.00

Fiction. Kress's first novel reminds us how intelligent a form the novel can be, in the right hands. Countong Zero is a keenly apprehended story, written with articulate zest and a voracious appetite for the things of everyday life seen in consummate detail. "This novel ... is a mature, elegant piece of work. Yes, Virginia, there are still some stylists on the Rialto" —Paul West.

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