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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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    • My Volcano (FORTHCOMING) QUICK VIEW My Volcano (FORTHCOMING) a novel by
      John Elizabeth Stintzi

      March 2022!

      Winner of the inaugural Sator New Works Award.

      "A kaleidoscopic, contemporary folktale with added acerbic juice, like when Dylan went electric. Stintzi somehow funnels the tumultuous present into a sprawling novel of collision and connection that’s both timely and timeless. This is very weird shit indeed." —Hazel Jane Plante


      With its riveting and audacious vision, My Volcano is a tapestry on fire, a distorted and cinematic new work from the fiercely talented John Elizabeth Stintzi.

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      My Volcano (FORTHCOMING)

      a novel by
      John Elizabeth Stintzi


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      "A kaleidoscopic, contemporary folktale with added acerbic juice, like when Dylan went electric. Stintzi somehow funnels the tumultuous present into a sprawling novel of collision and connection that’s both timely and timeless. This is very weird shit indeed."
      —Hazel Jane Plante

      On June 2, 2016, a protrusion of rock growing from the Central Park Reservoir is spotted by a jogger. Three weeks later, when it finally stops growing, it’s nearly two-and-a-half miles tall, and has been determined to be an active volcano.

      As the volcano grows and then looms over New York, an eight-year-old boy in Mexico City finds himself transported 500 years into the past, where he witnesses the fall of the Aztec Empire; a Nigerian scholar in Tokyo studies a folktale about a woman of fire who descends a mountain and destroys an entire village; a white trans writer in Jersey City struggles to write a sci-fi novel about a thriving civilization on an impossible planet; a nurse tends to Syrian refugees in Greece while grappling with the trauma of living through the bombing of a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan; a nomadic farmer in Mongolia is stung by a bee, magically transforming him into a green, thorned, flowering creature that aspires to connect every living thing into its consciousness.

      With its riveting and audacious vision, My Volcano is a tapestry on fire, a distorted and cinematic new work from the fiercely talented John Elizabeth Stintzi.

    • A Door Behind a Door QUICK VIEW A Door Behind a Door a novel by
      Yelena Moskovich

      DW Reviews "Pick of the Month"

      "Moskovich mystifies with this vivid story of a pair of estranged siblings who immigrated to Milwaukee from the Soviet Union as children in 1991... The dynamic style and psychological depth make this an engaging mind bender.” —Publishers Weekly

      From visionary author, Yelena Moskovich, A Door Behind A Door follows Olga as she puzzles her way in search of her missing brother, tangling with an underground Midwestern Russian mafia in pursuit of a string of mathematical stabbings.

      A Door Behind a Door

      a novel by
      Yelena Moskovich


      $ 8.99 $ 9.99
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      "A hint of Lynch, a touch of Ferrante, the cruel absurdity of Antonin Artaud, the fierce candour of Anaïs Nin, the stylish languor of a Lana del Rey song."
      The Guardian on Virtuoso

      In Yelena Moskovich's spellbinding new novel, A Door Behind A Door, we meet Olga, who immigrates as part of the Soviet diaspora of ’91 to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There she grows up and meets a girl and falls in love, beginning to believe that she can settle down. But a phone call from a bad man from her past brings to life a haunted childhood in an apartment building in the Soviet Union: an unexplained murder in her block, a supernatural stray dog, and the mystery of her beloved brother Moshe, who lost an eye and later vanished. We get pulled into Olga’s past as she puzzles her way through an underground Midwestern Russian mafia, in pursuit of a string of mathematical stabbings.

    • Virtuoso QUICK VIEW Virtuoso a novel by
      Yelena Moskovich

      Dylan Thomas Prize longlist
      "A hint of Lynch, a touch of Ferrante, the cruel absurdity of Antonin Artaud, the fierce candour of Anaïs Nin, the stylish languor of a Lana del Rey song...” —Shahidha Bari, The Guardian

      With a distinctive prose flair and spellbinding vision, Virtuoso is a story of love, loss, and self-discovery that heralds Yelena Moskovich as a brilliant and one-of-a-kind visionary.

      Virtuoso

      a novel by
      Yelena Moskovich


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      "A hint of Lynch, a touch of Ferrante, the cruel absurdity of Antonin Artaud, the fierce candour of Anaïs Nin, the stylish languor of a Lana del Rey song."
      The Guardian

      As Communism begins to crumble in Prague in the 1980s, Jana’s unremarkable life becomes all at once remarkable when a precocious young girl named Zorka moves into the apartment building with her mother and sick father. With Zorka's signature two-finger salute and abrasive wit, she brings flair to the girls’ days despite her mother’s protestations to not “be weird.” But after scorching her mother’s prized fur coat and stealing from a nefarious teacher, Zorka suddenly disappears.

      Meanwhile in Paris, Aimée de Saint-Pé married young to an older woman, Dominique, an actress whose star has crested and is in decline. A quixotic journey of self-discovery, Virtuoso follows Zorka as she comes of age in Prague, Wisconsin, and then Boston, amidst a backdrop of clothing logos, MTV, computer coders, and other outcast youth. But it isn’t till a Parisian conference hall brimming with orthopedic mattresses and therapeutic appendages when Jana first encounters Aimée, their fates steering them both to a cryptic bar on the Rue de Prague, and, perhaps, to Zorka.

      With a distinctive prose flair and spellbinding vision, Virtuoso is a story of love, loss, and self-discovery that heralds Yelena Moskovich as a brilliant and one-of-a-kind visionary.

    • The Book of X QUICK VIEW The Book of X a novel by
      Sarah Rose Etter

      A Best Book of 2019
      Winner: Shirley Jackson Award for Novel

      "Etter brilliantly, viciously lays bare what it means to be a woman in the world, what it means to hurt, to need, to want, so much it consumes everything."
      —Roxane Gay

      A surreal exploration of one woman’s life and death against a landscape of meat, office desks, and bad men.

      The Book of X

      a novel by
      Sarah Rose Etter


      $ 12.99 $ 17.99
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      *Winner of the 2019 Shirley Jackson Awards for Novel
      *The Believer Book Awards, 2019: Editors' Longlists in Fiction
      *The Northern California ‘Golden Poppy’ Book Awards 2019, Fiction longlist
      *2020 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Longlist
      *A Best Book of 2019 —Vulture, Entropy, Buzzfeed, Thrillist

      A surreal exploration of one woman’s life and death against a landscape of meat, office desks, and bad men.

      The Book of X tells the tale of Cassie, a girl born with her stomach twisted in the shape of a knot. From childhood with her parents on the family meat farm, to a desk job in the city, to finally experiencing love, she grapples with her body, men, and society, all the while imagining a softer world than the one she is in. Twining the drama of the everyday—school-age crushes, paying bills, the sickness of parents—with the surreal—rivers of thighs, men for sale and fields of throats—Cassie’s realities alternate to create a blurred, fantastic world of haunting beauty.

    • Palaces QUICK VIEW Palaces a novel by
      Simon Jacobs

      Starred reviews: Publishers Weekly, Foreword Reviews
      "Palaces is robust, both current and clairvoyant, and answers the question of what happens when our deepest fantasies become reality.—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.

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

      A Best Book of 2017
      "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


      $ 8.99 $ 9.99
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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 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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      With the energy, wit, and singularity of vision that have earned him a reputation as a celebrated and charismatic musician, 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.

      In a forgotten corner of western Kentucky lies a haunted forest referred to locally as "The Deadening," where vampire cults roam wild and time is immaterial. Our protagonist and his accomplice—the one and only, Carver Canute—set out down the Old Spur Line in search of the legendary Kudzu House, where an old couple is purported to have been swallowed whole by a hungry vine. Their quest leads them face to face with albino panthers, Great Dane-riding girls, protective property owners, and just about every American folk-demon ever, while forcing the protagonist to finally take stock of his relationship with his father and the man's mysterious disappearance.

      The Vine That Ate the South is a mesmerizing fantasia where Wilkes ambitiously grapples with the contradictions of the contemporary American South while subversively considering how well we know our own family and friends.

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

      A Best Book of 2008
      "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 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

      Included in Vice's "2015 Was the Year the Literary Versus Genre War Ended"
      "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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    • Binary Star QUICK VIEW Binary Star a novel by
      Sarah Gerard

      L.A. Times Book Prize Finalist
      A Best Book of 2015
      "Rhythmic, hallucinatory, yet vivid as crystal."
      —NPR

      An intense, elegiac portrait of young lovers as they battle personal afflictions.

      Binary Star

      a novel by
      Sarah Gerard


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      *Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist.
      *Best Books of 2015
      —NPR,Vanity Fair
      *Best Fiction of 2015
      —BuzzFeed
      *Best Independent Press Books 2015
      —Flavorwire
      *Favorite Novels 2015
      —Largehearted Boy

      The language of the stars is the language of the body. Like a star, the anorexic burns fuel that isn't replenished; she is held together by her own gravity.
      With luminous, lyrical prose, Binary Star is an impassioned account of a young woman struggling with anorexia and her long-distance, alcoholic boyfriend. On a road-trip circumnavigating the United States, they stumble into a book on veganarchism, and believe they've found a direction.
      Binary Star is an intense, fast-moving saga of two young lovers and the culture that keeps them sick (or at least inundated with quick-fix solutions); a society that sells diet pills, sleeping pills, magazines that profile celebrities who lose weight or too much weight or put on weight, and books that pimp diet secrets or recipes for success.

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

      A Best Book of 2014
      "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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    • Crystal Eaters QUICK VIEW Crystal Eaters a novel by
      Shane Jones

      A Best Book of 2014
      "Reminds us that life itself is a luminous thing."
      HTML Giant

      An ambitious family saga, love story, and watershed in the career of this acclaimed fabulist.

      Crystal Eaters

      a novel by
      Shane Jones


      $ 12.00 $ 16.00
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