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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 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


    $ 9.99 $ 10.99
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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.

  • Virtuoso QUICK VIEW Virtuoso a novel by
    Yelena Moskovich

    A Best Book of 2020
    Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize Finalist

    "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


    $ 9.99 $ 10.99
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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

    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 Orange Eats Creeps QUICK VIEW The Orange Eats Creeps a novel by
    Grace Krilanovich

    A Best Book of 2010
    National Book Foundation '5 Under 35' Award

    "Krilanovich's work will make you believe that new ways of storytelling are still emerging from the margins." —Rachel Syme, NPR


    The Orange Eats Creeps

    a novel by
    Grace Krilanovich


    $ 8.99 $ 9.99
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    Mary Harron, director of American Psycho, announces plans to adapt The Orange Eat Creeps to film!

    *National Book Foundation '5 Under 35' Award
    *NPR Best Books of 2010
    *The Believer Book Award Finalist
    *Indie Bookseller's Choice Awards Finalist

    A girl with drug-induced ESP and an eerie connection to Patty Reed (a young member of the Donner Party who credited her survival to her relationship with a hidden wooden doll), searches for her disappeared foster sister along “The Highway That Eats People,” stalked by a conflation of Twin Peaks’ “Bob” and the Green River Killer, known as Dactyl.

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

    A Best Book of 2008
    Winner: Foreword Reviews Gold Medal for Literary Fiction

    "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


    $ 8.99 $ 10.99
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  • My Volcano QUICK VIEW My Volcano a novel by
    John Elizabeth Stintzi

    Winner: Sator New Works Award

    "Climate change, time travel, startup culture, and volcanic eruptions intertwine in this sui generis outing from [Stintzi]...
    It’s a brilliant achievement."
    Publishers Weekly, starred review


    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.

    My Volcano

    a novel by
    John Elizabeth Stintzi


    $ 9.99 $ 10.99
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    "Climate change, time travel, startup culture, and volcanic eruptions intertwine in this sui generis outing from [Stintzi]... Told in a series of buzzing numbered fragments, the narrative whirls around a volcano rising in Central Park that looks like Mount Fuji. As the volcano grows, Stintzi builds out the wide-ranging narrative with jump cuts... That Stintzi keeps all these plates spinning is a wonder; that they transform the chaotic present into a fiery, transcendent vision of the future is even more impressive. It’s a brilliant achievement."
    Publishers Weekly, starred review

    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.

  • Mira Corpora QUICK VIEW Mira Corpora a novel by
    Jeff Jackson

    A Best Book of 2013
    L.A. Times Book Prize Finalist

    "A piercing howl of a book."
    Slate

    A story of redemption in the face of nightmarish odds.

    Mira Corpora

    a novel by
    Jeff Jackson


    $ 12.00 $ 16.00
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  • 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.

  • The Correspondence Artist QUICK VIEW The Correspondence Artist a novel by
    Barbara Browning

    Winner: Lambda Literary Award

    "A deft look at modern life that's both witty and devastating."
    Nylon


    Sure to delight fans of Chris Krause and Charlie Kaufman.

    The Correspondence Artist

    a novel by
    Barbara Browning


    $ 8.99 $ 9.99
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    *Lambda Literary Award Winner

    In The Correspondence Artist, an unremarkable woman has been carrying on with an internationally recognized artist, largely via e-mail. To protect her paramour's identity, she creates a series of correspondent, alternative lovers in a self-destructing roman à clef.

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