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    • Triangulum (PREORDER) QUICK VIEW Triangulum (PREORDER) a novel by
      Masande Ntshanga

      "Masande Ntshanga is a wildly talented writer. Get in on his brilliance now so you can claim you always knew he'd be great."
      —Victor LaValle

      An ambitious, often philosophical and genre-bending novel that covers a period of over 40 years in South Africa’s recent past and near future — starting from the collapse of the apartheid homeland system in the early 1990s, to the economic corrosion of the 2010s, and on to the looming, large-scale ecological disasters of the 2040s. Coming Soon!

      Triangulum (PREORDER)

      a novel by
      Masande Ntshanga


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      Triangulum is an ambitious, often philosophical and genre-bending novel that covers a period of over 40 years in South Africa’s recent past and near future — starting from the collapse of the apartheid homeland system in the early 1990s, to the economic corrosion of the 2010s, and on to the looming, large-scale ecological disasters of the 2040s.

      In 2040, the South African National Space Agency receives a mysterious package containing a memoir and a set of digital recordings from an unnamed woman who claims the world will end in ten years. Assigned to the case, Dr. Naomi Buthelezi, a retired professor and science-fiction writer, is hired to investigate the veracity of the materials, and whether or not the woman's claim to have heard from a “force more powerful than humankind” is genuine.

      Thus begins TRIANGULUM, a found manuscript composed of the mysterious woman’s memoir and her recordings. Haunted by visions of a mysterious machine, the narrator is a seemingly adrift 17-year-old girl, whose sick father never recovered from the shock of losing his wife. She struggles to navigate school, sexual experimentation, and friendship across racial barriers in post-Apartheid South Africa.

      When three girls go missing from their town, on her mother's birthday, the narrator is convinced that it has something to do with "the machine" and how her mother also went missing in the '90s. Along with her friends, Litha and Part, she discovers a puzzling book on UFOs at the library, the references and similarities in which lead the friends to believe that the text holds clues to the narrators’s mother's abduction. Drawing upon suggestions in the text, she and her friends set out on an epic journey that takes them from their small town to an underground lab, a criminal network, and finally, a mysterious, dense forest, in search of clues as to what happened to the narrator's mother.

      With extraordinary aplomb and breathtaking prose, Ntshanga has crafted an inventive and marvelous artistic accomplishment.

    • 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


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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.

    • 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.

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

      "Deeply satisfying. Finn is a remarkably confident and supple storyteller. [The Gloaming] deserves major attention."
      New York Times

      Shortlisted for The Guardian's 'Not the Booker Prize,' The Gloaming is a compelling, adventurous novel of consequences.

      The Gloaming

      a novel by
      Melanie Finn


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    • 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.

    • Not Dark Yet QUICK VIEW Not Dark Yet a novel by
      Berit Ellingsen

      "[Ellingsen] is just starting what promises to be a major career, but already giving readers a unique and fascinating perspective."
      —Jeff VanderMeer

      A rich character-driven drama, addressing questions of personal morals and societal ethics, set on the cusp of a self-inflicted apocalypse.

      Not Dark Yet

      a novel by
      Berit Ellingsen


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      *Favorite books of 2015 —Electric Literature

      "Fascinating, surreal, gorgeously written, and like nothing you’ve ever read before, Not Dark Yet is the book we all need to read right now. It is art about science, climate change, and activism, and it vitally explores how we as people deal with a world that is transforming in terrifying ways."
      BuzzFeed

      Brandon leaves his boyfriend in the city for a quiet life in the mountains after an affair with a professor ends with Brandon being forced to kill a research animal. It is a violent, unfortunate episode that conjures memories from his military background.

      In the mountains, his new neighbors are using the increased temperatures to stage an ambitious agricultural project in an effort to combat globally heightened food prices and shortages. Brandon gets swept along with their optimism, while simultaneously applying to a new astronaut training program. However, he learns that these changes—internal, external—are irreversible.

      A sublime love story coupled with the universal struggle for personal understanding, Not Dark Yet is an informed novel of consequences with an ever-tightening emotional grip on the reader.

    • 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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