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    • Palaces (Ebook) QUICK VIEW Palaces (Ebook) 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 (Ebook)

      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 (Ebook) QUICK VIEW Found Audio (Ebook) 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 (Ebook)

      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 (Ebook) QUICK VIEW The Drop Edge of Yonder (Ebook) 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 (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Rudolph Wurlitzer


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    • The Vine That Ate the South (Ebook) QUICK VIEW The Vine That Ate the South (Ebook) 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 (Ebook)

      a novel by
      J.D. Wilkes


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    • Haints Stay (Ebook) QUICK VIEW Haints Stay (Ebook) 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 (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Colin Winnette


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    • Binary Star (Ebook) QUICK VIEW Binary Star (Ebook) a novel by
      Sarah Gerard

      "Rhythmic, hallucinatory, yet vivid as crystal."
      —NPR

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

      Binary Star (Ebook)

      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.

    • Crystal Eaters (Ebook) QUICK VIEW Crystal Eaters (Ebook) a novel by
      Shane Jones

      "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 (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Shane Jones


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    • The Orange Eats Creeps (Ebook) QUICK VIEW The Orange Eats Creeps (Ebook) a novel by
      Grace Krilanovich

      '5 Under 35' Award
      "Krilanovich's work will make you believe that new ways of storytelling are still emerging from the margins." —NPR

      The Orange Eats Creeps (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Grace Krilanovich


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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.

    • Radio Iris (Ebook) QUICK VIEW Radio Iris (Ebook) a novel by
      Anne-Marie Kinney

      "'The Office' as scripted
      by Kafka."
      Minneapolis Star-Tribune

      Deals with watercooler culture in an artful and existential way, delivering an eerie allegory of our modern recession.

      Radio Iris (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Anne-Marie Kinney


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      Radio Iris has a lovely, eerie, anxious quality to it. Iris's observations are funny, and the story has a dramatic otherworldly payoff that is unexpected and triumphant.
      —Deb Olin Unferth, New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice

      Radio Iris is the story of Iris Finch, a socially awkward daydreamer with a job as the receptionist/personal assistant to an eccentric and increasingly absent businessman. When Iris is not sitting behind her desk waiting for the phone to ring, she makes occasional stabs at connection with the earth and the people around her through careful observation and insomniac daydreams, always more watcher than participant as she shuttles between her one-bedroom apartment and the office she inhabits so completely, yet has never quite understood. 

      Her world cracks open with the discovery of “the man next door.” Over the next few weeks or months (the passage of time is iffy for Iris), she takes it upon herself to learn everything she can about this stranger. But the closer she gets to him, the more troubling questions at the heart of her own life rise to the surface, questions likeWhy does she keep having the same dream? Why is it that she and her brother don’t seem to have a single shared memory of their childhood? What is it her boss actually does? In the end, Iris is faced with a choice she never imagined, and a reality she never knew enough to dread.

    • The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing (Ebook) QUICK VIEW The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing (Ebook) 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 (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Nicholas Rombes


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    • Mira Corpora (Ebook) QUICK VIEW Mira Corpora (Ebook) a novel by
      Jeff Jackson

      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 (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Jeff Jackson


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    • I'm Trying to Reach You (Ebook) QUICK VIEW I'm Trying to Reach You (Ebook) a novel by
      Barbara Browning

      The Believer Book Award Finalist.
      A BuzzFeed Best Book of 2012.

      First Michael Jackson, then Pina Bausch. Is someone killing famous dancers? A witty and seductive mystery.

      I'm Trying to Reach You (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Barbara Browning


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      *The Believer Book Award Finalist
      *One of the Best Books of 2012—BuzzFeed

      “I was in Zagreb the day that Michael Jackson died. When I heard the news, the first thing I thought was, That’s it. That’s the first line of my novel. ‘I was in Zagreb the day that Michael Jackson died.’” 

      First Michael Jackson, then Pina Bausch. Next is Merce Cunningham. 

      Gray Adams, a former dancer with the Royal Swiss Ballet at work on his dissertation at NYU, has a theory spurred by countless hours of YouTube-based procrastination: Someone is killing these famous dancers! (And he may bear an uncanny resemblance to Jimmy Stewart, circa Vertigo.) 

      I’m Trying to Reach You is a moving and candid contemporary look at how we process grief, as well as how we love and communicate with one another.

    • The Correspondence Artist (Ebook) QUICK VIEW The Correspondence Artist (Ebook) a novel by
      Barbara Browning

      "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 (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Barbara Browning


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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.