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As a boutique press, Two Dollar Radio publishes bold works of literary merit, each book, individually and collectively, providing a sonic progression that we believe to be too loud to ignore.
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    • The Holy Days of Gregorio Pasos (FORTHCOMING) QUICK VIEW The Holy Days of Gregorio Pasos (FORTHCOMING) a novel by
      Rodrigo Restrepo Montoya

      July 2023!

      "Prescient and timeless, dealing with the inseparability of life and decay, this story, through it all, allowed me to sit deeply with love, family, and forgiveness. Pay attention, a refreshingly honest and singular voice has arrived."
      —Dantiel W. Moniz, author of Milk Blood Heat


      Entrancing and sentimental, told with wit and sharp insight, The Holy Days of Gregorio Pasos examines the joys and traumas of the Latinx American experience through the lens of a young man awakening to the nuances of identity, love, colonization, and home.

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      The Holy Days of Gregorio Pasos (FORTHCOMING)

      a novel by
      Rodrigo Restrepo Montoya


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      "Prescient and timeless, dealing with the inseparability of life and decay, this story, through it all, allowed me to sit deeply with love, family, and forgiveness. Pay attention, a refreshingly honest and singular voice has arrived."
      —Dantiel W. Moniz, author of Milk Blood Heat

      Entrancing and sentimental, told with wit and sharp insight, The Holy Days of Gregorio Pasos examines the joys and traumas of the Latinx American experience through the lens of a young man awakening to the nuances of identity, love, colonization, and home.

    • At the Edge of the Woods (FORTHCOMING) QUICK VIEW At the Edge of the Woods (FORTHCOMING) a novel by
      Kathryn Bromwich

      May 2023!

      "Bromwich infects the senses with dread and wicked insight from the first page to the last—this is a stunning experience not to be missed."
      —Maryse Meijer, author of The Seventh Mansion


      With assurance and remarkable dexterity, Kathryn Bromwich’s masterful debut novel is a rich, gorgeously descriptive account of a woman hiding from old ghosts and new in the Italian Alps, while rekindling her own sense of self through nature.

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      At the Edge of the Woods (FORTHCOMING)

      a novel by
      Kathryn Bromwich


      $ 9.99 $ 10.99
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      "Bromwich infects the senses with dread and wicked insight from the first page to the last—this is a stunning experience not to be missed."
      —Maryse Meijer, author of The Seventh Mansion

      With assurance and remarkable dexterity, Kathryn Bromwich’s masterful debut novel is a rich, gorgeously descriptive account of a woman hiding from old ghosts and new in the Italian Alps, while rekindling her own sense of self through nature.

    • Dispatches From Puerto Nowhere (FORTHCOMING) QUICK VIEW Dispatches From Puerto Nowhere (FORTHCOMING) a memoir by
      Robert Lopez

      March 2023!

      "A masterpiece clear and honest and alive to the world and its contradictions. Dispatches from Puerto Nowhere will hit you where live."
      —Justin Torres, author of We the Animals


      Through family recollection, the constant banter volleyed across nets within Brooklyn’s diverse tennis community, as well as an imagined fabulist history drawn from his grandfather’s remembered traits, Robert Lopez paints a compassionate portrait of family that attempts to bridge the past to the present, and re-claim a heritage threatened by assimilation and erasure.

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      Dispatches From Puerto Nowhere (FORTHCOMING)

      a memoir by
      Robert Lopez


      $ 24.95
      Format:  Hardback (FORTHCOMING)
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      "A masterpiece clear and honest and alive to the world and its contradictions. Dispatches from Puerto Nowhere will hit you where live."
      —Justin Torres, author of We the Animals

      Robert Lopez’s grandfather Sixto was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in 1904, immigrating to the United States in the 1920s, where he lived in a racially proportioned apartment complex in East New York, Brooklyn, until his death in 1987. The family’s efforts to assimilate within their new homeland led to the near complete erasure of their heritage, culture, and language within two generations.

    • The Red-Headed Pilgrim (FORTHCOMING) QUICK VIEW The Red-Headed Pilgrim (FORTHCOMING) a novel by
      Kevin Maloney

      January 2023!

      "The Red-Headed Pilgrim is a revelation that achieves starry dynamo-level energy from the jump. Maloney's prose is sharp and vivid, full of trippy precision, and his story is funny, wild, painful and wise."
      —Sam Lipsyte, author of Hark and The Ask


      Provocative, poignant, and resoundingly hilarious, The Red-Headed Pilgrim is the tragicomic tale of an anxious red-head and his sordid pursuit of enlightenment and pleasure (not necessarily in that order).

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      The Red-Headed Pilgrim (FORTHCOMING)

      a novel by
      Kevin Maloney


      $ 18.95
      Format:  Paperback (FORTHCOMING)
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      "The Red-Headed Pilgrim is a revelation that achieves starry dynamo-level energy from the jump. Maloney's prose is sharp and vivid, full of trippy precision, and his story is funny, wild, painful and wise."
      ——Sam Lipsyte, author of Hark and The Ask

      The Red-Headed Pilgrim is an irresistible novel of misadventure and new beginnings, of wanderlust and maybe bad decisions, of parenthood and divorce, and of the heartfelt truths we unearth when we least expect it.

    • They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us QUICK VIEW They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us a collection of essays by
      Hanif Abdurraqib

      Hardcover: Nov 2022!

      A Best Book of 2017
      "Funny, painful, precise, desperate, and loving throughout. Not a day has sounded the same since I read him."
      —Greil Marcus, Village Voice


      In this collection of essays, Hanif Abdurraqib, acclaimed poet and cultural critic, grapples with a storm cloud of confounding emotions with prose that is immediate, personal, poetic, sometimes funny and always deeply touching. Coming Soon!

      They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

      a collection of essays by
      Hanif Abdurraqib


      $ 8.99 $ 9.99
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      *Best Books of 2017 —NPR, BuzzfeedPaste MagazineEsquireChicago Tribune, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, CBC, Stereogum, National Post, Entropy, Heavy, Book Riot, Chicago Review of BooksThe Los Angeles ReviewMichigan Daily
      *American Booksellers Association (ABA) 'December 2017 Indie Next List Great Reads'
      *Midwest Indie Bestseller

      In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters. Whether he's attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown's grave, or discussing public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, he writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates profoundly. In the wake of the nightclub attacks in Paris, he recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, at shows, and wonders whether the next generation of young Muslims will not be afforded that opportunity now. While discussing the everyday threat to the lives of black Americans, Abdurraqib recounts the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers: for attempting to enter his own car. In essays that have been published by the New York Times, MTV, and Pitchfork, among others—along with original, previously unreleased essays—Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, so that we might better understand ourselves, and in so doing proves himself a bellwether for our times.

    • She Is Haunted QUICK VIEW She Is Haunted a collection of stories by
      Paige Clark

      Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, Shortlist
      2022 Stella Prize, Longlist

      "In turns devastating and hilarious, Clark’s exceptional debut collection cuts right to the emotional core of its characters and their conflicts in stories that examine Asian identity, familial relationships, climate anxiety, and gender with an astonishing sense of nuance and clarity."
      Publishers Weekly, starred


      With an unforgettable voice and exuberant wit, She Is Haunted is a masterful debut exploring issues of identity, connection, and loss, told with remarkable grace and assurance by Chinese/American/Australian author, Paige Clark.

      She Is Haunted

      a collection of stories by
      Paige Clark


      $ 8.99 $ 9.99
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      "She Is Haunted is electrically original in both prose style and energy. Fans of inventive fiction such as Elizabeth Tan’s recent Readings Prize-winning Smart Ovens for Lonely People or Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties will find much to admire about She Is Haunted, but this collection will also resonate with anyone drawn to stories of identity and connection, especially female friendships and mother-daughter relationships. An absolute pleasure to read."
      —Stella Charls, bookseller at Readings Carlton

      A ballerina nurses an injured leg and struggles to learn Cantonese while her husband dances on an international tour of Don Quixote with a new female lead; a mother cuts her daughter’s hair because her own hair begins falling out; a woman undergoes brain surgery in order to live more comfortably in extreme temperatures; a woman attempts to physically transform into her dead husband so that she does not have to grieve.

    • New Animal QUICK VIEW New Animal a novel by
      Ella Baxter

      Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, Shortlist

      "For fans of Sally Rooney’s brand of millennial malaise and Six Feet Under’s tragicomic take on the mortuary business, New Animal is at turns graphic, raw and tender—a wholly human exploration of the Venn diagram of emotion."
      —Sarah Stiefvater, PureWow


      New Animal is a poignant, darkly comedic look at human connection from a biting and original new voice in Ella Baxter.

      New Animal

      a novel by
      Ella Baxter


      $ 9.99 $ 10.99
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      "A story about sex, connection and, comically, the Tasmanian BDSM scene, that is by turns profound and funny."
      —Kylie Northover, The Age

      New Animal is a poignant, darkly comedic look at human connection from a biting and original new voice in Ella Baxter.

      Amelia Aurelia is approaching thirty and her closest relationships — other than her mother — are through her dating apps. She works at the family mortuary business as a cosmetic mortician with her eccentric step-father and older brother, whose throuple’s current preoccupation is with what type of snake to adopt. When Amelia’s affectionate mother passes away without warning, she is left without anchor. Fleeing the funeral, she seeks solace with her birth-father in Tasmania and stumbles into the local BDSM community, where her riotous attempts to belong are met with confusion, shock, and empathy.

      Hilarious and heartfelt, New Animal reveals hard-won truths as Amelia struggles to find her place in the world without her mother, with the help of her two well-intentioned fathers and adventures at the kink club.

    • The Underneath QUICK VIEW The Underneath a novel by
      Melanie Finn

      "Finn is a remarkably confident and supple storyteller."
      New York Times


      With the assurance and grace of her acclaimed novel The Gloaming—which earned her comparisons to Patricia Highsmith—Melanie Finn returns with a precisely layered and tense new literary thriller that travels from the Northeast Kingdom to remote Africa.

      The Underneath

      a novel by
      Melanie Finn


      $ 9.99 $ 10.99
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      With the assurance and grace of her acclaimed novel The Gloaming—which earned her comparisons to Patricia Highsmith—Melanie Finn returns with a precisely layered and tense new literary thriller.

      The Underneath follows Kay Ward, a former journalist struggling with the constraints of motherhood. Along with her husband and two children, she rents a quaint Vermont farmhouse for the summer. The idea is to disconnect from their work-based lifestyle—that had her doggedly pursuing a genocidal leader of child soldiers known as General Christmas, even through Kay's pregnancy and the birth of their second child—in an effort to repair their shaky marriage.

      It isn't long before Kay's husband is called away and she discovers a mysterious crawlspace in the rental with unsettling writing etched into the wall. Alongside some of the house's other curiosities and local sleuthing, Kay is led to believe that something terrible may have happened to the home's owners.

      Kay's investigation leads her to a local logger, Ben Comeau, a man beset with his own complicated and violent past. A product of the foster system and life-long resident of the Northeast Kingdom, Ben struggles to overcome his situation, and to help an abused child whose addict mother is too incapacitated to care about the boy's plight.

      The Underneath is an intelligent and considerate exploration of violence—both personal and social—and whether violence may ever be justified.

    • I Will Die in a Foreign Land QUICK VIEW I Will Die in a Foreign Land a novel by
      Kalani Pickhart

      A Best Book of 2021
      Winner: 2022 Young Lions Fiction Award

      "Since 1991, Ukraine has experienced three revolutions, and Pickhart elegantly captures how these events build up inside a person, giving many Ukrainians an acute awareness of the self as both agent and consequence of history."
      —Sonya Bilocerkowycz, The Los Angeles Review of Books


      An especially moving story of quiet beauty and love in a time of terror, I Will Die in a Foreign Land is an ambitious and intimate portrait of human perseverance and empathy following four individuals over the course of a volatile Ukrainian winter, as their lives are forever changed by the Euromaidan protests.

      I Will Die in a Foreign Land

      a novel by
      Kalani Pickhart


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      "Kalani Pickhart's I Will Die in a Foreign Land is of the best kind of protest novels: one that makes you cry, and then makes you mad as hell. It is so far the best artistic treatment of the Euromaidan and Crimean situation, at turns tense, melancholy, and over-abundantly compassionate. This book is both the napalm and the bandages in one."
      —Conor Hultman, Square Books (Oxford, MS)

      In 1913, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring premiered at the new Théâtre de Champs-Elysées in Paris. The work so perplexed audiences that a riot broke out. “Only a Russian could do that,” says Aleksandr Ivanovich. “Only a Russian could make the whole world go mad.”

      A century later, in November 2013, thousands of Ukrainian citizens gathered at Independence Square in Kyiv to protest then-President Yanukovych’s failure to sign a referendum with the European Union, opting instead to forge a closer alliance with President Vladimir Putin and Russia. The peaceful protests turned violent when military police shot live ammunition into the crowd, killing over a hundred civilians.

      I Will Die in a Foreign Land follows four individuals over the course of a volatile Ukrainian winter, as their lives are forever changed by the Euromaidan protests. Katya is a Ukrainian-American doctor stationed at a makeshift medical clinic in St. Michael’s Monastery; Misha is an engineer originally from Pripyat, who has lived in Kyiv since his wife’s death from radiation sickness; Slava is a fiery young activist whose past hardships steel her determination in the face of persecution; and Aleksandr Ivanovich, a former KGB agent, climbs atop a burned-out police bus at Independence Square and plays the piano.

      As Katya, Misha, Slava, and Aleksandr’s lives become intertwined, they each seek their own solace during an especially tumultuous and violent period. The story is also told by a chorus of voices that incorporates folklore and narrates a turbulent Slavic history.

      While unfolding an especially moving story of quiet beauty and love in a time of terror, I Will Die in a Foreign Land is an ambitious, intimate, and haunting portrait of human perseverance and empathy.

    • 808s & Otherworlds QUICK VIEW 808s & Otherworlds a collection of essays and poetry by
      Sean Avery Medlin

      "Most Anticipated"
      Lambda Literary, Paperback Paris

      "Don’t sleep on the unpredictable 808s & Otherworlds… an elegant mash of memoir, poetry, tales of appropriation, thoughts on Black masculinity, Hulk, Kanye.
      —Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune


      From the gut-wrenchingly real stories of young lovers unmythed by segregation or former classmates appropriating Black culture, to the fantastic settings of Hip-Hop songs and comic characters, Medlin weaves a tapestry of worlds and otherworlds while composing a love letter to family and self, told to an undeniably energetic beat.

      808s & Otherworlds

      a collection of essays and poetry by
      Sean Avery Medlin


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      * "September’s Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Literature" —Lambda Literary
      * "Most-Anticipated New LGBTQIA+ Books of 2021" —Paperback Paris

      “Like the light of an event horizon, this work races toward and struggles against the gravity of Blackness. Lovechild of Sun Ra and Sailor Moon, Sean Avery Medlin sings into the narrow space between hope and rage, bridging political and pop culture galaxies. If our suburbs have become burnt-out satellites circling a world long lost to racism, this book is our S.O.S., transmitting radio waves for searchers and survivors. What an expansive and timely poetic voice!”
      —Amaud Jamaul Johnson, author of Imperial Liquor, Red Summer, and Darktown Follies

      808s & Otherworlds: Memories, Remixes, & Mythologies announces a bold and incendiary new voice in Sean Avery Medlin. Against the backdrop of the Phoenix suburbs where they were raised, Medlin interrogates the effects of media misrepresentation on the performance of Black masculinity. Through storytelling rhymes and vulnerable narratives in conversation with both contemporary Hip-Hop culture and systemic anti-Blackness, 808s & Otherworlds pieces together a speculative reality where Blackfolk are simultaneously superhuman and dehumanized.

      From the gut-wrenchingly real stories of young lovers unmythed by segregation or former classmates appropriating Black culture, to the fantastic settings of Hip-Hop songs and comic characters, Medlin weaves a tapestry of worlds and otherworlds while composing a love letter to family and self, told to an undeniably energetic beat.

    • A Mouthful of Air QUICK VIEW A Mouthful of Air a novel by
      Amy Koppelman

      Now a major motion picture starring Amanda Seyfried and Finn Wittrock!

      "...[a] novel that quietly builds suspense to the last page."
      Dallas Morning News


      Compared to seminal feminist works such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, A Mouthful of Air is a powerful, tragic statement on motherhood, family, and survival.

      A Mouthful of Air

      a novel by
      Amy Koppelman


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      "...[a] novel that quietly builds suspense to the last page."
      Dallas Morning News

      Compared to seminal feminist works such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, A Mouthful of Air is a powerful, tragic statement on motherhood, family, and survival.

    • Born Into This QUICK VIEW Born Into This a collection of stories by
      Adam Thompson

      A Best Book of 2021
      Winner: The Story Prize Spotlight Award
      Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, Shortlist
      Age Book of the Year award, Finalist

      “With its wit, intelligence and restless exploration of the parameters of race and place, Thompson’s debut collection is a welcome addition to the canon of Indigenous Australian writers.”
      —Thuy On, The Guardian


      With humor, pathos, and the occasional sly twist, Thompson’s characters confront discrimination, untimely funerals, classroom politics, the ongoing legacy of cultural destruction, and — overhanging all like a discomforting, burgeoning awareness for both black and white Australia — the inexorable disappearance of the remnant natural world.

      Born Into This

      a collection of stories by
      Adam Thompson


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      "The Tasmanian landscape and a whole host of engaging, charming and well drawn characters populate the stories that make up Born Into This… a wonderful reminder that there is no monolithic Aboriginal Australian."
      —Simon Clark, The AU Review

      From an Aboriginal ranger trying to instill some pride in wayward urban teens on the harsh islands off the coast of Tasmania, to those scraping by on the margins of white society railroaded into complex and compromised decisions, Adam Thompson presents a powerful indictment of colonialism and racism.