Journal of a UFO Investigator, by David Halperin, Viking Books, 25.95. David Halperin, a professor emeritus of religious studies at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill writes his fiction debut. Set in the 1960's the troubled, teenage protagonist Danny Shapiro has a lot on his plate of life. A Dying mother, hostile father and nary a friend in sight. It is because daily life is so miserable that Danny creates a fictional landscape that helps him cope with the realities beyond his understanding. Sounds amazing! For more info check out this video!
Next up: Elizabeth Stuckey-French's The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady, Double Day Books, 25.95,
Marylou Ahearn, is not the kind of woman to take deceit sitting down, even at seventy-seven. Fifty years earlier on a visit to Dr. Wilson Spriggs, she was given a radioactive "cocktail" as part of a secret government study. When she finds his home address after fifty years she sets out for revenge. What Marylou finds is a retired Dr. Spriggs living with his daughter and her highly dysfunctional family. Hilarity ensues, and I think I have found a new favorite voice in American fiction writing.
Last but not least. The Illumination, by Kevin Brockmeier, Pantheon Books, 24.95.
This book has a more subtle and stunning cover, that my co-worker Emily Crowe pointed out to me. The story line seems to follow the same tone. In his latest work, Brockmeier poses and answers the question, "What would it be like if our pain was visible?" After a strange occurrence, just such a thing happens to the fictional characters of his book. People begin to illuminate different colors for the different kind of pain that they have suffered.
Well that about wraps it up. Got any covers you want to give a shout out to?
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