This book was slipped to me under cover of darkness by an editor who shall remain nameless. I read the manuscript before it went to production and fell instantly in love.
You will too.
And you'll get a chance to read it early cause I have two copies of the ARC to give away soon!
If you don't love this book, don't ever bother speaking
or in my zip code
It is a story of a young boy's desperate yearning for a father during a time of extreme poverty and confusion. The book has been compared to Frank McCourt for it's depiction of deprivation, to Geoffrey Wolff for its depiction of a deceptive father and to David Sedaris for it's hilarious depiction of childhood. Jack Olsen passed away in 2002.
You're going to have to look hard to find this; Pleasure Boat is a small elegant press that has never published a bad book.
It's about a boy who wants to be the world's greatest super villain, but inadvertently ends up saving the day and becoming the hero (much to his disdain).
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THE TENDER MERCY OF ROSES by Anna Michaels (5/2011)
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AFTERTIME by Sophie Littlefield
Awakening in a bleak landscape as scarred as her body, Cass Dollar vaguely recalls surviving something terrible. Wearing unfamiliar clothes and having no idea how many days—or weeks—have passed, she slowly realizes the horrifying truth: her daughter has vanished.
STOLEN LIVES by Jassy Mackenzie (Soho)
When wealthy Pamela Jordaan hires PI Jade de Jong as a bodyguard after her husband Terrance disappears, Jade thinks keeping an eye on this anxious wife will be an easy way to earn some cash. But when a determined shooter nearly kills them both and Jade finds Terrance horrifically tortured and barely alive, she realizes that she has been drawn into a wicked game.