Fall 2017—Fiction

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Crossing point by james glickman

Crossing Point is engaging as a work of history, where realistic detail grounds and girds the story; but it’s a work of imaginative grace and vision as well. James Glickman is a gifted writer, and he makes the American war for independence credible―physically and emotionally real. I don’t think many of us know this war as well as we think, especially the story of black participation. Glickman has provided a genuine service here, imagining our history for us, summoning the warp and woof of daily life in a pressured time. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to come closer to the wellsprings of the American story, our conflicted and fiery origins.”
Jay Parini, author of The Last Station and The Passages of H.M.

"In his novel Crossing Point, James Glickman does two things that have long needed doing. With style and grace, he recovers in fiction the otherwise invisible role African Americans played during the American war for independence. And he allows us to visualize, more palpably and poignantly than the documentary record usually permits, the sustained suffering required to achieve a desperate and highly problematic victory."

Joseph J. Ellis, author of Founding Brothers and most recently The Quartet

"I was quite won over by the skill with which [Glickman] humanizes the abstractions of military history―the relations of officers and men, rebels and loyalists, blacks and whites, slaves and masters, and make the incredible horrors of war credible."

C. Vann Woodward, author of The Strange Career of Jim Crow and editor of The Oxford History of the United States

Based closely on the known historical record, Crossing Point brings to life the American Revolution in all of its bloody detail.

When the Revolutionary War begins, Guy Watson is a slave to the Hazzard family in Rhode Island, but he is soon engaged in service for the American army by Samuel Ward, head of one of the families that hired him from the Hazzards. Torn about leaving his beloved June and the other slaves that have become his family, Guy eventually sets out with Samuel Ward and a battalion of men on a treacherous, and legendary, trek to Quebec.

The two men experience the inevitable toll the brutality of war takes, and it changes them forever. Upon their eventual return home, they come to realize the cost of war not just for those in battle, but also for those who stayed.  Crossing Point vividly shares a little-known chapter in the national founding, and raises the question of what justice was fought for by the men who faced an uncertain freedom when the last shots were fired.

James Glickman is a graduate of Yale University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the Boston GlobeRedbookLadies Home JournalBerfrois, and many other journals. Sounding the Waters, his previous novel, came out in 1996 to wide acclaim. Crossing Point is based closely and directly on the known historical record. He has taught legal writing at the University of Arizona Law School as well as fiction writing in the Radcliffe Seminar program in Cambridge. He teaches at the Community College of Rhode Island.

Released simultaneously with Sounding the Waters, originally published in hardcover by Crown/Random House, 1996

Fiction | TPO | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 448 pp | US $17.95

Publication Date—Oct 17 2017

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"The Night Language is a rare achievement: lush language and classic storytelling with a contemporary feel that renders its history palpable. It is also a love letter to the artist, the outcast, the othered. Keep it by your bedside, read it in the early hours―it will not fail to inspire you."
Garrard Conley, author of Boy Erased

"A heart-scorching lyrical novel about forbidden love, unbearable loss, the never-ending path of history and the price of repression. If you ever felt like “the other” (and who has not?), this brilliant book will heal, inspire and, yes, haunt you to see the world differently."
Caroline LeavittNew York Times Bestselling author of Pictures of You and Cruel Beautiful World

"The love story between Prince Alamayou and his steward, Philip, is one for the ages. A work of complex social and political relationships, The Night Language deftly navigates through sexuality, race, class, love, and war as it brings the reader closer and closer to its devastating conclusion. A stunning novel from a wonderful talent."
Kathleen GrissomNew York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything

"Not since Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient have I read a novel in which a character―The story and skinsong of Alamayou―has haunted language, history, and heart so intensely. David Rocklin's novel The Night Language is a book of longing. Longing for history to unravel and retell itself around those whose buried voices and bodies truly mattered, longing for time to reverse and make decolonization possible, power giving way to intimacy, longing for art to bring a body back home, longing for language to unmoor itself and bring us back to life. If you read one novel this year, let it be The Night Language. It is still possible for a reader’s heart to be broken back open."
Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of JoanThe Small Backs of Children, and The Chronology of Water

The Night Language is a postcard sent from a lost time and place but postmarked today. As he surveys the crisscross borders of gender and race in a troubled past, David Rocklin draws a line around the heart of our troubled present: the price of war, the privilege of wealth, the poison of xenophobia. Also: the wordless power of love. The shadows of two black men, an African prince and a British apprentice, dance together out of a forgotten history right into the here and now. 
Martin Pousson, author of Black Sheep Boy

The Night Language tells the story of a young man, Prince Alamayou of Abyssinia (present day Ethiopia), who is taken from his home and the Abyssinian war to the court of Queen Victoria―a world he knows nothing about.

With him is Philip Layard, a young apprentice to one of the doctors on the battlefield in Abyssinia, who becomes Alamayou's guardian, only friend, and eventually, the love of his life. When Parliament accuses Alamayou of murder, the young prince is sentenced to return to Abyssinia, where he will be executed.

His only hope comes from the very thing that cannot be uttered: the unexpected and forbidden love between Alamayou and Philip.

Inspired by actual events, The Night Language is truly a unique novel of love, loss, and the consequences of repressive societies.

David Rocklin is the author of The Luminist and the founder/curator of Roar Shack, a monthly reading series in Los Angeles. He was born and raised in Chicago and now lives in LA with his wife, daughters and a 150-pound Great Dane who seriously needs to stay on his own bed. He’s currently at work on his next novel, The Electric Love Song of Fleischl Berger.

Fiction | TPOl | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 322 pp | US $17.95

Publication Date—Nov 14 2017

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liars by steven gillis

"Steve Gillis was born to write Liars, the mesmerizing, noirish story of Eric McCanus, a writer, professor, music aficionado, bon vivant. This lyrical, fast-paced novel is chock-full of intrigue, slight paranoia, plans gone awry, and outright mystery. One couple, pushing the same grocery cart, serves as Gillis’s madeleine. And then the reader’s taken on one fun bumpy jolting ride."
George Singleton, author of Calloustown

Writers may control the plot on the page, but can they bend real-life to their purposes? In the story of writer and dilettante Eric McManus, Gillis explores the slippery slope between love and commitment, with McManus determined to prove love's folly by interfering in the marriage of a happy couple. Reminiscent of Pinter and Mamet, Gillis writes a sharp but strangely vulnerable comedy of errors that shows sometimes the ringmaster is really the dancing bear.
Jen Michalski, author of The Summer She Was Under Water

"Steven Gillis' new novel, Liars, is what we've come to expect from this master storyteller. Liars epitomizes what Faulkner said all literature should be, the human heart in conflict with itself. Along the way you'll be dazzled by Gillis' fluid prose and wildly entertained at the human comedy playing out from beginning to end."
Robert Lopez, author of All Back Full

"What happens to an artist whose reputation is built on a past success he fears he can’t replicate? What happens if that same artist also happens to be a polyamorous ex-husband who regards every relationship as “its own intimate deception”? In his fiendishly clever new book Liars, Steven Gillis shows us a character who―in his desire to sabotage a relationship whose perceived sincerity upsets the cynical foundation upon which he’s built his life―manages to destroy and create at the same time, borrowing details of the reality he manipulates so that he might resuscitate the moribund artist and partner within."
Zach Wyner, author of What We Never Had

Eric McCanus is a novelist with the misfortune of having written his one great book when he was young. Struggling to write more, recently divorced, cynical toward marriage while still missing his ex-wife, Eric becomes convinced that happy relationships are unsustainable. He sets out to prove his theory when he spots a seemingly perfect couple, Cara and Matt, at the market. Convinced that Cara and Matt's marriage can't be as successful as it appears, Eric does what he can to break them apart, using his power as a one-time great novelist. What follows is a psychological and philosophical comedy of errors. Liars is an exploration of love, relationships, and human interaction―a madcap romp through the vestiges of modern affairs―revolving around five characters, each spun drunk on the batterings of love while attempting to sustain themselves in a false world.

Steven Gillis is the author of five novels and two short story collections. A founding member of the Ann Arbor Book Festival Board of Directors, and a finalist for the 2007 Ann Arbor News Citizen of the Year, Steve taught writing at Eastern Michigan University. In 2004 Steve founded 826Michigan, a mentoring program for students. In 2006 Steve co-founded Dzanc Books. Steve lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Mary, and two dogs, and regular visits from their kids, Anna and Zach.

Fiction | HC | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 322 pp | US $24.00

Publication Date—Oct 17 2017

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The Williamson Turn by p. F. Kluge

"P. F. Kluge is one of the great chroniclers of human experience. Like Richard Russo and Philip Roth, his stories map the human heart without sentimentality or pretension."
John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars

"P. F. Kluge is a national treasure. His prose is irresistible, and his storytelling is masterly. That’s why a new book by him constitutes an event. The Williamson Turn is a novel that’s a voyage on many levels, including a passage into ourselves, whoever we may be, and the final port of call is pure wonder."
―Joseph Di Prisco, author of The Pope of Brooklyn and Subway to California

Praise for The Master Blaster

"Kluge paints an entertainingly sardonic portrait of the newest part of America, which he presents, more generally, as being emblematic of 'where America ends.'"
Library Journal

"This title is recommended for large popular collections for its interesting character development, plot twists, and 'gotcha' ending."

"As the Master Blaster says of Saipan: 'Americans dream of islands. Islanders dream of America. This is where the dreams converge.' Delving deep into his rich setting, P.F. Kluge patiently lays out a tale of intrigue and ignorance worthy of Graham Greene."
Stewart O'Nan, author of Wish You Were Here

"When four lost souls arrive on the same night flight to Saipan, they wager who among them will last the longest. Fear, violence, sex, and money blow like trade winds across this Fantasy Island, a microscopic petri dish of greed and race sweltering in the American Pacific. Kluge is among our finest novelists, and he flexes his muscles over this postage stamp of territory. Like all the greats before him, he saves his best line for last, in this his greatest book."
Tony D'Souza, author of Mule

"That voice―jaundiced, seasoned, amused and vibrant as it is―gives The Master Blaster added allure. This is not a young man's book; it's the work of a writer who has seen the world, literally and figuratively, for a long time. The Master Blaster is tinged with thoughts of mortality, but they are offset by a bon vivant's occasional flash of gratitude and beauty."
Janet MaslinThe New York Times

"When you’re on a three-and-a-half month voyage around the world, you ought to be able to sit and consider the sea."

Will Post, a celebrated and sometimes controversial columnist, is a professor on the MV Explorer's Semester at Sea program, sailing around the world teaching the ups and downs of travel writing, while navigating the discomfort of three months at sea, as well as the uncomfortable truths that many of their stops bring up―poverty, colonialism, and violence, to name a few.

A novel of loneliness, death, and friendship, The Williamson Turn deftly explores what it is to be an American traveling the world, and how our relationships to each other can be comforting, challenging, and at times alienating. It is a novel of torch-passing and nostalgia, of dealing with how life turned out, whether or not it was as planned. With P. F. Kluge's deft writing and sharp reflections, The Williamson Turn and its hero Will Post are not soon forgotten.

Born in Berkeley, Heights, New Jersey, P. F. Kluge attended Kenyon College and the University of Chicago, and served in the US Peace Corps (in Micronesia). He has worked as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal and as an editor at Life magazine. He has written for numerous publications, including PlayboyRolling StoneSmithsonian, as well as a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler. As Writer-in-Residence at Kenyon, Kluge specializes in the reading and writing of American literature. He is a reporter, a writer and a teacher. The Williamson Turn is his twelfth book.

Fiction | TPO | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 280 pp | US $15.95

Publication Date—Aug 15 2017


Running from the Sunrise by Jon Rankin

"A perverse respectfulness compelled the demon within to acknowledge at the very last possible moment that it was about to take a human life."

Every time he sees a commercial on TV, Lloyd kills someone. His randomness has eluded the law and left a trail of broken lives in his wake. Marty Randolph, a PI who's always one step ahead, has just met the woman of his dreams. As their relationship goes deeper, Marty must reveal just how dangerous his job can really be.

When Marty happens upon Lloyd in a routine background case, he has no idea the danger that has just been unleashed. A hard-boiled detective story on the beaches of Florida and Southern California, Running From the Sunrise is a story of love, fear, horror, and revenge. A thriller sure to leave you breathless from start to finish.

Jon Rankin has a degree in Political Science from UCLA and a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School. He's been a general practice lawyer for over thirty years. Running from the Sunrise is his first novel. He lives in Tiburon, CA.

Fiction | TPO | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 352 pp | US $17.95

Publication Date—August 22 2017