Literary Fiction – The Fabrications

The FabricationsThe Fabrications
By Baret Magarian
Publisher: Pleasure Boat Studio
Published: June 2017
ISBN: 978-0912887470
ASIN: B06XWZ3C7B
Genre: Literary Fiction, Satire, Dark humor, fiction
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When Oscar Babel, a cinema projectionist languishing in obscurity, is befriended by Daniel Bloch, a popular novelist, strange things begin to happen when Bloch starts to write about Oscar. Oscar’s life changes course as he becomes a 21st century messiah. At the same time Bloch’s life descends into the darkness (and madness) that his friend narrowly escaped.

Feeding in and out of this central spine are other stories: Bloch’s reconciliation with his father, who was seduced by Bloch’s ex-wife Natalie; the career of the brilliant but unsuccessful painter Najette, Oscar’s muse and lover; and ever more insane instances of PR stunts, as master-minded by the demonic publicist Ryan Rees. Eventually Oscar’s fame and myth balloon out of all proportion and the novel draws to an unforgettable climax.

THE FABRICATIONS possesses peculiar relevance to our tumultuous times. At the center of the novel is Ryan Reese, a Trump/Murdock like character. His main motivation is to manipulate society at large, spread anarchy and create propaganda. He derives pleasure from his power to sow the seeds of hope only to dash them and destroy them whenever he feels like. To this end he seizes upon Oscar Babel, an obscure blank slate of a man he can easily manipulate, orchestrating Babel’s rise to fame through “fabrications” designed to turn him into a contemporary savior of society.

The book addresses the way shadowy off-stage figures retain the real power, as their puppets and creations dance to their tunes, and the public follows suit. The novel also explores the myths of celebrity, the power of the Internet to disfigure and distort, and the madness of our culture, in which prophets, truths and legends can all be invented.

Part meditation on synchronicity, identity and sex, part satirical critique of contemporary society, and part love story, THE FABRICATIONS is a novel that abandons realism and attempts to create a parallel universe that offers deep truths about the chaos and beauty of our own. It jostles with dazzling stories, and memorable, grotesque characters, and will take you on a wild ride, lurching among pathos, hilarity and profundity, breaking the rules of fiction in creating something subversive and beautiful.

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Literary/Women’s Fiction – Retrograde

RetrogradeRetrograde
By Kat Hausler
Publisher: Meerkat Press
Release Date: September 2017
ISBN: 978-1946154026
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction, General Fiction
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On a warm summer day in Berlin, Helena is hit by a truck while crossing the street. She awakens to the loving face of her husband Joachim. In addition to a few broken bones, she realizes she can’t remember anything about the accident, or even the last few years leading up to it. Retrograde amnesia the doctors call it and assure her that with time, she should regain her memory.

At loose ends after another botched relationship, Joachim doesn’t intend to lie to his estranged wife, Helena. But when he realizes that she doesn’t remember their separation, he can’t bring himself to tell her. So he does what any rational man would do: he takes her home and pretends they were never apart.

As the lies accumulate, Helena senses something isn’t quite right—that her husband is hiding something. When the outside world encroaches, Helena must face an unsettling truth and decide what the past will mean for their future. Is the past binding, or can she go back and change what went wrong in their relationship? And if given the chance, would she even want to?

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Literary Fiction/Humor – Cities of the Common Man

Cities of the Common ManCities of the Common Man
By Ben Hasskamp
Published: June 2017
ASIN: B071JZMZJ5
Pages: 452
Genre: Literary Fiction – Humor
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The week before his 30th birthday, once-renowned New York chef Billy MacPherson learns his restaurant is bankrupt, he’s been evicted from his apartment, and his estranged father has dropped dead. Against his better judgment, Billy agrees to return to Oregon to face the family and friends he callously left behind.

During the reading of his father’s will, Billy’s extended family is left hundreds of thousands of dollars in estate money, while Billy’s only bequeathment is his father’s beloved 1985 Back To The Future-replica DeLorean. With no restaurant, no money, no prospects, and only a DeLorean to his name, Billy sets off on a journey down the Pacific coast meeting up with distant friends from college, ancient rivals from culinary school, and old flames who still flicker in his heart. All while fighting the terrible—yet, inevitable—prospect of turning 30.

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Women’s Fiction/Short Stories

What She Was SayingWhat She Was Saying
By Marjorie Maddox
Publisher: Fomite
Published: March 2017
ISBN: 978-1942515685
ASIN: B06XBGPLTG
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories, Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction
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In these powerful stories, What She Was Saying softens the already thin line between hope and hopelessness, between perseverance and despair, between what can and cannot be said. Throughout the collection, diverse women startle, question, comfort, and proclaim, compelling readers to confront a company of others: a young woman who mistakes a Jehovah’s Witness for her therapist; a mother who shields an ill daughter; an elderly artist who sculpts her adopted family; a daughter of an itinerant preacher who plays her role; a lonely copy editor who fakes bruises; and—in front of many witnesses—a parachutist who jumps to her death. This collection also echoes the historical and literary voices of Rachel Robinson, Nora’s daughter in A Doll’s House, the wives of famous men named Peter, Lot’s daughters, and soldiers Jessica Lynch and Lynndie England. You will hear voices raised in prayer, lowered to whispers, slowed by fear, and silenced by anger. A finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter and Eludia book awards—as well as a semifinalist for Black Lawrence Press’s Hudson, Eastern Washington University’s Spokane, and Leapfrog Press’s book prizes—What She Was Saying gives voice to the lives we all need to hear.

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Literary Fiction/Romance – My Trip to Adele

my-trip-to-adeleMy Trip to Adele
By A.I. Alyaseer & R.I.Alyaseer
Published: September 2016
ASIN: B01M0EF8T6
Pages: 203
Genre: Literary Fiction/Romance
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An Adele concert held in Verona becomes the focus for an unhappy married couple, a divorced mother and a devoted lover from three different countries and cultures.

This is the story of three flawed but likeable people. First up is Elias, a Moroccan man living in Rome. He discovers that a black magic spell was cast upon him but starts to doubt whether it was the real cause of the break-up between him and his long-lost love Malika. He decides to search for her in the shadows of Marrakesh after eight years of separation.

Nadia, a single mother from Jordan, is battling her ex-husband in the courts and doing all she can to secure freedom for herself and her only son. Her dream is to take her son to see his idol, Adele, live.

Finally, Yaser, a married man living in Las Vegas, realizes that his marriage is crawling all over him like a slow, painful death, so he starts to rebel against his wife. While faith initially brought them together, it is now causing them to drift apart.

These three characters are on a journey to break free of everything that has haunted them, learning harsh truths about fate, religion, courage, desire and guilt along the way.

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Literary Fiction – 20

2020
By Vatsal Surti
Publisher: Hybrid Texts
Release Date: December 18, 2016
ISBN: 978-0998257334
ASIN: B01N4BD97I
Genre: Literary Fiction
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The story of a troubled young model and an introspective writer, 20 is a novel about loneliness, love, hopes and dreams.

One night as she is driving back home from a show, she almost runs over someone. She holds her breath, and through the fog they see each other for the first time. Love begins to form in the space between them, in precognitions and thoughts, lights and intimacies. Seasons change. They come to know more things about themselves and each other. Life wraps them in its embrace like a haze, in a vacant space bigger than their eyes can see.

Fans of Haruki Murakami will enjoy this atmospheric and deeply felt debut from Vatsal Surti, who was described by an Amazon HALL OF FAME reviewer as “a young author to observe.”

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