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    • Palaces QUICK VIEW Palaces a novel by
      Simon Jacobs

      "Palaces is robust, both current and clairvoyant, and answers the question of what happens when our deepest fantasies become reality. With a pitch-perfect portrayal of the punk scene and idiosyncratic, meaty characters, this is a wonderful novel that takes no prisoners."
      Foreword Reviews, starred review

      While exercising precision and a cool detachment, Simon Jacobs has crafted a surreal and spellbinding first novel of horror and intrigue.

      Palaces

      a novel by
      Simon Jacobs


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      John and Joey are a young couple immersed in their local midwestern punk scene, who after graduating college sever all ties and move to a perverse and nameless northeastern coastal city. They drift in and out of art museums, basement shows, and derelict squats seemingly unfazed as the city slowly slides into chaos around them.

      Late one night, forced out of their living space, John and Joey are driven to take shelter in a chain pharmacy before emerging to a city in full-scale riot. They find themselves the only passengers on a commuter train headed north, and exit at the final stop to discover the area entirely devoid of people. As John and Joey negotiate their future through bizarre, troubling manifestations of the landscape and a succession of abandoned mansions housing only scant clues to their owners' strange and sudden disappearance, they're also forced to confront the resurgent violence and buried memories of their shared past.

      With incisive precision and a cool detachment, Simon Jacobs has crafted a surreal and spellbinding first novel of horror and intrigue.

    • 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

      "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.

      They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

      a collection of essays by
      Hanif Abdurraqib


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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.

    • White Dialogues QUICK VIEW White Dialogues a story collection by
      Bennett Sims

      “Anyone who admires such pyrotechnics of language will find 21st-century echoes of Edgar Allan Poe in Sims’s portraits of paranoia and delusion, with their zodiacal narrowing and the maddening tungsten spin of their narratives.”
      New York Times Book Review

      The debut collection of phantasmagorical stories from award-winning novelist, Bennett Sims.

      White Dialogues

      a story collection by
      Bennett Sims


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      *Winner of the Rome Prize for Literature 2018-19

      With all the brilliance, bravado, and wit of his award-winning debut, A Questionable Shape, Bennett Sims returns with an equally ambitious and wide-ranging collection of stories.

      A house-sitter alone in a cabin in the woods comes to suspect that the cabin may need to be “unghosted.” A raconteur watches as his personal story is rewritten on an episode of This American Life. And in the collection’s title story, a Hitchcock scholar sitting in on a Vertigo lecture is gradually driven mad by his own theory of cinema.

      In these eleven stories, Sims moves from slow-burn psychological horror to playful comedy, bringing us into the minds of people who are haunted by their environments, obsessions, and doubts. Told in electric, insightful prose, White Dialogues is a profound exploration of the way we uncover meaning in a complex, and sometimes terrifying, world. It showcases Sims’s rare talent and confirms his reputation as one of the most exciting young writers at work today.

    • Found Audio QUICK VIEW Found Audio a novel by
      N.J. Campbell

      "Amid the static of contemporary literature can be heard blips of fiction-future in N.J. Campbell’s defiantly bold Found Audio."
      —Steve Erickson

      For the first time ever, Found Audio presents a complete transcription of the unsettling audio recordings of a mysterious unnamed adventure journalist and his decades-long pursuit of the Borgesian "City of Dreams," alongside analysis from audio expert, Amrapali Anna Singh.

      Found Audio

      a novel by
      N.J. Campbell


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      * A Best Book of 2017 —Writer's Bone

      "[A] mysterious work of metafiction... dizzying, arresting and defiantly bold."
      Chicago Tribune

      Amrapali Anna Singh is an historian and analyst capable of discerning the most cryptic and trivial details from audio recordings. One day, a mysterious man appears at her office in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, having traveled a great distance to bring her three Type IV audio cassettes that bear the stamp of a library in Buenos Aires that may or may not exist.

      On the cassettes is the deposition of an adventure journalist and his obsessive pursuit of an amorphous, legendary, and puzzling "City of Dreams." Spanning decades, his quest leads him from a snake-hunter in the Louisiana bayou to the walled city of Kowloon on the eve of its destruction, from the Singing Dunes of Mongolia to a chess tournament in Istanbul. The deposition also begs the question: Who is making the recording, and why?

      Despite being explicitly instructed not to, curiosity gets the better of Singh and she mails a transcription of the cassettes with her analysis to an acquaintance before vanishing. The man who bore the cassettes, too, has disappeared. The journalist was unnamed.

      Here—for the first time—is the complete archival manuscript of the mysterious recordings accompanied by Singh's analysis.

    • The Drop Edge of Yonder QUICK VIEW The Drop Edge of Yonder a novel by
      Rudolph Wurlitzer

      "The most hallucinogenic western you'll ever catch in the movie house of your mind's eye."
      Bookforum

      Rudolph Wurlitzer’s first novel in nearly 25 years is an epic adventure that explores the truth and temptations of the American myth.

      The Drop Edge of Yonder

      a novel by
      Rudolph Wurlitzer


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    • The Vine That Ate the South QUICK VIEW The Vine That Ate the South a novel by
      J.D. Wilkes

      "It's a relentlessly fun novel, the literary equivalent of a country-punk album that grabs you and refuses to let go... undeniably one of the smartest, most original Southern Gothic novels to come along in years."
      —NPR

      The Vine That Ate the South announces J.D. Wilkes as an accomplished storyteller on a surreal, Homeric voyage that strikes at the very heart of American mythology.

      The Vine That Ate the South

      a novel by
      J.D. Wilkes


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    • Sirens QUICK VIEW Sirens a memoir by
      Joshua Mohr

      "Raw-edged and whippet-thin... Mohr’s prose is lean and scrappy—a featherweight boxer that packs a punch."
      Los Angeles Times

      With the vulnerability and grit for which he's praised, Mohr returns with a harrowing chronicle of substance abuse and relapse.

      Sirens

      a memoir by
      Joshua Mohr


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      *Best of 2017 —San Francisco Chronicle

      "Raw-edged and whippet-thin, Sirens swings from tales of bawdy addiction to charged moments of a father struggling to stay clean. Mohr’s prose is lean and scrappy—a featherweight boxer that packs a punch.”
      Los Angeles Times

      With vulnerability, grit, and hard-won humor, acclaimed novelist Joshua Mohr returns with his first book-length work of non-fiction, a raw and big-hearted chronicle of substance abuse, relapse, and family compassion.

      Sirens provides a harrowing and complicated account of Mohr's years of substance abuse and culpability. Employing the characterization and chimerical prose for which he has been lauded, Mohr leaves no rock from his sordid past un-turned, from his childhood swilling fuzzy navels as a latch-key kid, through the black-outs and fist-fights, his first failed marriage to his path to sobriety, through the birth of his daughter and the three strokes he suffers in his thirties that reveal he has a literal hole in his heart.

      Sirens is a spectacularly moving tome of honesty and emotion from one of our most gifted contemporary writers.

    • The Incantations of Daniel Johnston QUICK VIEW The Incantations of Daniel Johnston a graphic novel by
      Ricardo Cavolo & Scott McClanahan

      "Something wholly unexpected, grotesque, and poignant."
      The FADER

      Renowned artist Ricardo Cavolo and Scott McClanahan combine talents in a dazzling, eye-popping biography of musician and artist Daniel Johnston.

      The Incantations of Daniel Johnston

      a graphic novel by
      Ricardo Cavolo & Scott McClanahan


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      "[The Incantations of Daniel Johnston] captures Johnston's visions—both artistic and hallucinatory—in an intensely colorful cartoonish style and vivid recurring images: frogs, cascades of pills, volcanoes, eyeballs of many varieties."
      —John Williams, New York Times Book Review

      The Incantations of Daniel Johnston is a spirited, eye-popping collaborationg between New York Times-bestselling Spanish artist Ricardo Cavolo and award-winning author Scott McClanahan.

      Long a fan of Daniel Johnston, the man and his music, Cavolo illustrates Johnston's colorful life, from his humble beginnings as a carnival employee to folk musician in Austin, to his rise to MTV popularity and persistent struggle with personal demons.

      In addition to being visually very striking, with astoundingly economical prose McClanahan manages to deal with powerful and complex issues, such as how we as a society mythologize troubled artists, while continuing his ongoing exploration of human relationships, and the pliable interaction between reader and writer.

    • The Reactive QUICK VIEW The Reactive a novel by
      Masande Ntshanga

      "A searing, gorgeously written account of life, love, illness, and death in South Africa."
      Poets & Writers

      Heralded in the author's native South Africa as "the hottest novel of the year," The Reactive is a clear-eyed and compassionate depiction of a young HIV+ man grappling with the sudden death of his younger brother.

      The Reactive

      a novel by
      Masande Ntshanga


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    • Square Wave QUICK VIEW Square Wave a novel by
      Mark de Silva

      "Compelling and horrifying."
      Chicago Tribune

      A grand novel of ideas and compelling crime mystery, about security states past and present, weather modification, and imperial influences.

      Square Wave

      a novel by
      Mark de Silva


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      Carl Stagg, a writer researching imperial power struggles in 17th century Sri Lanka, ekes out a living as a watchman in a factionalized America where confidence in democracy has eroded. Along his nightly patrol, Stagg finds a beaten prostitute, one in a series of monstrous attacks. Suspicious of his supervisor’s intentions, Stagg seeks the truth with a fellow part-time watchman, Ravan, who hails from a family developing storm-dispersal technologies jointly funded by the Indian and American governments.

      The watchmen’s discoveries put a troubling complexion on Stagg’s research, giving it new shape and impetus, just as the weather modification project begins to appear less about dispersing storms than weaponizing them.

      By gracefully weaving a study of the psychological effects of a militarized state upon its citizenry with topics as diverse as microtonal music and cloud physics, Square Wave signals the triumphant arrival of a young writer certain to be considered one of the most ambitious and intelligent of his generation.

    • The Glacier QUICK VIEW The Glacier a novel by
      Jeff Wood

      "One of the most indelible and visionary movies you've ever seen." —Jon Raymond
      A brilliant and visceral cinematic novel about authenticity and the American condition.

      The Glacier

      a novel by
      Jeff Wood


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      The Glacier is a spellbinding work in the spirit of Tarkovsky or Jodorowsky that reimagines the American frontier at the turn of the millennium, a time when suburban development was metastasizing and the Social was about to implode. Following a caterer at a convention center, a surveyor residing in a storage unit, and the masses lining up for an Event on the horizon, The Glacier is a poetic rendering of the pre-apocalypse and a requiem for the passing of one world into another.

    • Haints Stay QUICK VIEW Haints Stay a novel by
      Colin Winnette

      "A success... Haints Stay turns the Western on its ear." —Washington Post
      An imaginative, acid western from a rising star in the indie lit world.

      Haints Stay

      a novel by
      Colin Winnette


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    • The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing QUICK VIEW The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing a novel by
      Nicholas Rombes

      "Kafka directed by David Lynch doesn't even come close."
      3:AM Magazine

      A debut from a distinctive and fresh American visionary.

      The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing

      a novel by
      Nicholas Rombes


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    • Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky QUICK VIEW Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky a novel by
      David Connerley Nahm

      "It's impossible to stop reading until you've gone through each beautiful line." —NPR
      A mysterious, lyric exploration of childhood, loss, and ghost stories.

      Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky

      a novel by
      David Connerley Nahm


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      *One of the Best Books of 2014  —NPR, Flavorwire
      *A Top-10 Independently-Published Title Overlooked by the National Book Foundation  —Electric Literature

      Leah’s little brother, Jacob, disappeared when the pair were younger, a tragedy that haunts her still. When a grown man arrives at the non-profit Leah directs claiming to be Jacob, she is wrenched back to her childhood, an iridescent tableau of family joy and strife, swimming at the lake, sneaking candy, late-night fears and the stories told to quell them.

      Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky is a wrecking-ball of a novel that attempts to give meaning and poetry to everything that comprises small-town life in central Kentucky. Listen: they are the ghost stories that children tell one another, the litter that skirts the gulley, the lines at department stores. A gorgeous, haunting, prismatic jewel of a book.