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Wonder Chamber

The Wonder Chamber

a Lizzie Manning Mystery by Mary Malloy

"Malloy demonstrates a real flair for weaving an engrossing historical puzzle into her mystery plot. Carefully assembling her story, she gently reels us in. [The] third series entry is perfect for readers craving an elaborate scheme." --Libraray Journal, starred review

Being Dead

Being Dead in South Carolina

stories by Jacob White

 

“In prose that is unadorned yet fiercely affective, White conveys a true and solemn poignancy." --ForeWord Reviews

Giulio

The Giulio Metaphysics III
A Novel by Michael Mirolla

“Influenced by Beckett, Joyce and Kafka, yet clearly on a path of his own, in The Giulio Metaphysics III Mirolla has managed to once again redefine the literature of place and time. Both very funny and disturbingly sad, this latest work weaves an ever more relaxed surface over an ever more acute set of questions.”

–Michael Springate, novelist, playwright, screenwriter

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Death My Own Way
A Novel by Michael S. A. Graziano

"Graziano… writes with intelligence, mischief, pace, and economy… to bat around the big questions. “What is love? What is art?” he asks playfully, though not frivolously…. fun and provocative." --Publishers Weekly

Immanence

The Immanence of God in the Tropics
Stories by George Rosen

Tales of soccer, death, hot water, lost love, and the presence of God in Africa, Mexico, and the coast of New England

"Rosen is a yarn spinner in the best sense of the word." --Publishers Weekly

GoldMonkey

Dancing at the Gold Monkey
Stories by Allen Learst

Faith, mercy, grief, guilt, and love: soldiers returning home are haunted by the emotional pyrotechnics and moral absurdity of War

"Each of these stories contributes to…an understanding of a community and the men and women trying to make their way within it.
Learst writes of them with both clarity and compassion." --ForeWord

Paradise

Paradise Walk
A Novel by Mary Malloy

Following the path of a medieval pilgrimage, historian Lizzie Manning finds unexpected danger. Chaucer may have based his "Wife of Bath" on a real woman, whose descendant holds certain artifacts. But can the investigation lead to something more sinister? Are the bones of St. Thomas Becket hidden in Canterbury Cathedreal, and is someone willling to kill to protect the secret?

 

 

How to Stop Loving Someone
Stories by Joan Connor

These stories explore the vagaries and vicissitudes of love and lust, of loneliness and loss. Tonally they range from the dark to the darkly comic, from the optimistic to the outright silly. But wherever Connor’s characters find themselves, whether lucky or unlucky in love, whether in their teens or middle age, they cling tenaciously to the belief that the quest for love is self-validating, that love is yet possible.

"Connor’s facile and clever wordplay and piquant characterizations guide the reader through the minefields and misery, delight and despair, rewards and recriminations of love in all its guises." --Booklist

And Yet They Were Happy
by Helen Phillips

A young couple sets out to build a life in an unstable world haunted by monsters, plagued by disasters, full of longing--but also one of transformation, wonder, and delight, peopled by the likes of Noah, Bob Dylan, Virgin Mary, and Anne Frank. Hovering between reality and fantasy, whimsy and darkness, these linked fables describe a universe both surreal and familiar.

Read the first fable. 

"Brilliant miniatures...[Phillips'] quietly elegant sentences are as clear as spring water, haunting as our own childhood memories." --Michael Dirda

"A deeply interesting mind is at work in these wry, lyrical stories." --Amy Hempel

"Haunted and lyrical and edible all at once." --Rivka Galchen


The Facility
A Novel by Michael Mirolla

What to do with Mussolini clones that refuse to stay dead. How to cope with the power to re-create others forever. How to lead a “normal” life when memory and identity are no longer unique. What to do when time means nothing and no one can distinguish real from simulacra.

Trapped inside The Facility at a time when humans are undergoing their final convulsive death rattle on a prion-infected Earth, Fausto struggles to recreate the world he once knew of family and friendship.

In the Lap of the Gods
A Novel by Li Miao Lovett

"An important, even invaluable book, a moving farewell to the old, more humane way of life as China and all the world become technologized and globalized."

--Maxine Hong Kingston

Billie Girl
A Novel by Vickie Weaver

"Honestly strange and strangely honest… Remarkably compelling and powerful. Weaver's authenticity of characters, situations, and by-gone eras emanates from sheer originality of style. This amazing novel is a stellar achievement--gritty, funny, fresh, and bold. It will make your eyes bug out and your pulse race.  And how it shines, shines with humanity!”

--Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife

Monster Oil on Canvas
A Novel by Dmitry Zlotsky

"Zlotsky has done for conjoined twins what Gunter Grass did for midgets in The Tin Drum...A weirdly hilarious Russian fairytale composed with the comedic zeal of Gogol and the rhetorical brilliance of Nabokov."

Lee Siegel, Love in a Dead Language

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The Divine Farce
A Novel by Michael S. A. Graziano

Every single page will blow your mind. It is one of the most original and thought-provoking stories I have ever read… true literary art….Not a word is wasted in this masterpiece. Yes, I call it that. I have read many classics, and I can tell you that “The Divine Farce” should be counted among them; the finest in American literature.

--Geekscribe
November 2009

The Ghost Trap
A Novel by K. Stephens

“A rugged and tender tale. Bawdy humor, snappy dialogue, colorful sea myths and rich lobstering details add to the immense appeal of this textured narrative about a lobsterman’s inward and outward struggles.”

--Publishers Weekly

The Wandering Heart
a Novel by Mary Malloy

"Malloy illuminates the fact that history is not only replete with answers, but with questions as well...This novel itself feels like a seafaring voyage--full of swift turns, unknown frontiers and the desire to answer the big questions we all ask ourselves."

--Publishers Weekly

Berlin
A Novel by Michael Mirolla

The Berlin Wall falls. A mental patient escapes in Canada. A surreal adventure follows, a freakish experiment on transcendental philosophy. We descend into the seamy underlife of West Berlin: the omnipresent wall, transvestite bars, sadomasochism, philosophical intelligentsia, adultery, and murder.

Cretaceous Dawn
A Novel by L.M. and M.S.A. Graziano

"Cretaceous Dawn is a first-class adventure story, an effortless read as engaging as vintage Jules Verne." --Natural History

"The Grazianos, sibling scientists, combine speculation and science in a compulsively page-turning time-travel adventure...Details about plants, animals and insects in the distant past set the stage for a tight, scientifically plausible plot with a wholly unexpected twist that will keep readers guessing."

--Publishers Weekly

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Losing Kei
A Novel by Suzanne Kamata

An American expatriate artist living in Japan goes to desperate lengths to be reunited with her young son.

The Love Song of Monkey
A Novel by Michael S. A. Graziano

"Imaginative, intelligent narrative. Twin ideas of forgiveness and mercy twist through this strange, moving, patiently wrought novel, making for a trippy but charming read."

--Publishers Weekly

Confessions of a Memory Eater
A Novel by Pagan Kennedy

“In her absorbing and timely Novel Confessions of a Memory Eater, Pagan Kennedy explores love, addiction, and memory in the pharmaceutical age… In fewer than 200 pages, Confessions packs an allegorical wallop.”

Entertainment Weekly

Secret Anniversaries of the Heart
Twenty-Five Years of Award-Winning Stories by Lev Raphael

"Concerned ultimately with the struggle for love both human and divine, these are searing stories."

--Kirkus Reviews

Bolt Risk
A Novel by Ann Wood

Bar Fly meets Girl, Interrupted in this First Novel about an Ex-Prep School Girl Turned Stripper Whose Appetites and Attitude Land Her in the Nuthouse

"As bracing as a shot of rotgut whiskey, the brutal, unflinching prose is a tonic for the chick-lit weary."

The Washington Post

Waiting for Elvis
Stories by Toni Graham

Winner of the 2006 John Gardner
Award for Fiction

“Graham creates a character at once sexy and sad … the linked tales seamlessly capture Jane’s progression from widowed lover to wise woman of the world.”

-- Publishers Weekly

Junebug
A Novel by Maureen McCoy

"Junebug takes us on a wild ride!"

--O, The Oprah Magazine

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The German Money
A Novel by Lev Raphael

"One of the most powerful suspense novels in years...a kind of Kafka meets Philip Roth meets Le Carre."

--The Washington Post

Just the Way You Want Me
A Novel by Nora Eisenberg

"An achingly realistic portrait of 1950s America that strongly echoes today's political climate."

--Library Journal (starred)

The Devil and Daniel Silverman
A Novel by Theodore Roszak

The Wicked San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller about an Outraged Liberal Trapped in a Fundamentalist Bible College

"Hilarious!" --The Los Angeles Times

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Paradise Dance
Stories by Michael Lee

"New England's best kept literary secret"
--Library Journal (starred)

"What a good read!"
--Norman Mailer

The War at Home
A Memoir~Novel by Nora Eisenberg

A Washington Post Book Rave of 2002

"So poignant that it's hard to put down."
--Kirkus Reviews

leo@fergusrules.com
A Novel by Arne Tangherlini

"A fantastical coming of age story about a brainy, racially mixed teenage girl jacked into a cyber wonderland...leo is a trip!"

--USA Today

Shadows and Elephants
A Novel by Edward Hower

A novel About the Adventures of the Notorious Mystic, Madame Blavatsky


"A stunning book, vivid, dramatic and full of warmth."

 —Edmund White

The Dangerous Age
A Novel by Annette Williams Jaffee

With rare insight and some of the most touchingly rendered erotic scenes in recent memory, a novel about seizing ecstasy in our lives--regardless of age, in spite of the consequences.

"Glorious."
--The New York Times Book Review

Adult Education
A Novel by Annette Williams Jaffee

A rediscovered gem about women's friendship and the shared longings of young wives and mothers.

"A  wonderful novel; funny and heartbreaking, cruelly satiric and tender."

— Joyce Carol Oates

Look At Me
A Novel by Lauren Porosoff Mitchell

"High intensity sex scenes staged with Madonna-esque attitude."

Publishers Weekly

The Kitchen Man
A Novel by Ira Wood

"A heartwarming and hilarious novel about love and loyalty outside the conventional categories of age, gender and body proportions." 

Kirkus Reviews (starred)

 


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