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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 Hare QUICK VIEW The Hare a novel by
    Melanie Finn

    A Best Book of 2021
    Vermont Book Award, Winner

    "Daring and unputdownable, The Hare is set to be one of the most talked-about books of 2021."
    —Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire


    The Hare is an affecting portrait of Rosie Monroe, her resilience and personal transformation, of her life under the male gaze, and serves as a striking statement about what it means to be a woman in the world.

    The Hare

    a novel by
    Melanie Finn


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    "Daring and unputdownable, The Hare is set to be one of the most talked-about books of 2021."
    —Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire

    "With The Hare, Melanie Finn has written a powerful story of female perseverance, strength, and resilience. This book has rare qualities: beautiful writing while being absolutely unputdownable, and I will be pressing it into the hands of every reader I know." —Claire Fuller, author of Bitter Orange, Our Endless Numbered Days, and Swimming Lessons

    "This is a page-turner about a tough woman and her con-artist lout of a partner, and I will eat my laptop if it doesn’t get optioned for TV or film the minute it hits bookshelves. It is also woven through with ideas about feminism, parenting, narcissism, and self-sufficiency—a book that is easy to read without being remotely lightweight." —Molly Young, Vulture

    The Hare is an affecting portrait of Rosie Monroe, her resilience and personal transformation, of her life under the male gaze, and serves as a striking statement about what it means to be a woman in the world.

    Raised by a stern grandmother to be obedient and obliging in an unremarkable blue-collar town in Massachusetts, Rosie accepts a scholarship to art school in New York City in the 1980s. One morning at a museum she meets a worldly man twenty years her senior, with access to the upper crust of New England society. Bennett is dashing, knows that “boats” refer to yachts (though you never use the word “yacht”), teaches her which direction to spoon soup, and tells stories of “Hemingway moments,” of escapades with Truman Capote and Hunter Thompson in exotic locales. Soon, Rosie is living in a boathouse with Bennett on Connecticut’s Gold Coast, and a daughter — Miranda — is born, just as Bennett’s current con goes awry and forces them to abscond in the middle of the night to the untamed wilderness of Northern Vermont.

    Almost immediately, Rosie and Miranda are left at an uninsulated cabin without a car or cash for weeks at a time, so Bennett can tend to a teaching job that may or may not exist at a local university. Rosie is forced to survive on her own, to care for her young daughter, to learn how to stack firewood, snowshoe into town, hunt for wild game, and forage in the forest. As Rosie and Miranda’s life gradually begins to normalize, Bennett and his cons catch up to him, and Rosie is forced to ultimately confront Bennett’s simmering obsession and malevolence.

    The Hare is an astounding new literary thriller from a celebrated author at the height of her storytelling powers.

  • 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.

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

    A Best Book of 2017
    Winner: The Rome Prize for Literature

    “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


    $ 11.99 $ 15.99
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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.

  • Night Rooms QUICK VIEW Night Rooms a collection of essays by
    Gina Nutt

    A Best Book of 2021
    2022 IPPY Medalist for Essay

    "[Nutt] spins a striking tale of survival and loss in this haunting essay collection. Nutt uses familiar tropes from horror films as a window into her thinking... Lovers of the personal essay will be thrilled by this innovative collection."
    Publishers Weekly


    Night Rooms is a poetic, intimate collection of personal essays that weaves together fragmented images from horror films and cultural tropes to meditate on anxiety and depression, suicide, body image, identity, grief, and survival.

    Night Rooms

    a collection of essays by
    Gina Nutt


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    Night Rooms is a poetic, intimate collection of personal essays that weaves together fragmented images from horror films and cultural tropes to meditate on anxiety and depression, suicide, body image, identity, grief, and survival.

    Whether competing in shopping mall beauty pageants, reflecting on childhood monsters and ballet lessons, or recounting dark cultural ephemera while facing grief and authenticity in the digital age, Gina Nutt’s shifting style echoes the sub-genres that Night Rooms highlights—spirit-haunted slow burns, possession tales, slashers, and revenge films with a feminist bent.

    Refracting life through the lens of horror films, Night Rooms masterfully leaps between reality and movies, past and present—because the “final girl’s” story is ultimately a survival story told another way.

  • 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


    $ 11.99 $ 15.99
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  • A Questionable Shape QUICK VIEW A Questionable Shape a novel by
    Bennett Sims

    A Best Book of 2013
    Winner: Bard Fiction Prize
    The Believer Book Award Finalist

    "[A Questionable Shape] is more than just a novel. It is literature. It is life."
    —Susan Hazen-Hammond, The Millions

    A calculated postmodern zombie novel by one of America's brightest new literary talents.

    A Questionable Shape

    a novel by
    Bennett Sims


    $ 12.38 $ 16.50
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    *Winner of the Rome Prize for Literature 2018-19
    *Bard Fiction Prize 2014
    *The Believer Book Award Finalist
    *One of the Best Books of 2013Complex Magazine, Book Riot, Slate, The L Magazine, NPR's 'On Point', Salon

    Mazoch discovers an unreturned movie envelope, smashed windows, and a pool of blood in his father’s house: the man has gone missing. So he creates a list of his father’s haunts and asks Vermaelen to help track him down. 

    However, hurricane season looms over Baton Rouge, threatening to wipe out any undead not already contained and eliminate all hope of ever finding Mazoch’s father. 

    Bennett Sims turns typical zombie fare on its head to deliver a wise and philosophical rumination on the nature of memory and loss.

  • 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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  • 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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