Thursday, June 19, 2014

Indie Book Buzz: Atticus Press

It's the return of the Indie Book Buzz here at TNBBC. Over the next few months or so, we will be inviting members of the small press publishing houses to share which of their upcoming releases they are most excited about!

This week's pick comes from Dan Cafaro, 
founder and publisher of Atticus Books

The Shimmering Go-Between: A Novel
by Lee Klein

Publication date: Aug. 19, 2014

What's It About
Set at the dawn of the Internet age, this imaginatively unhinged yet formally controlled contemporary fable dramatizes the struggle between impulsivity and restraint. A sort of semi-perverted post-YA novel, The Shimmering Go-Between is  . . .  

An “intricately layered debut novel [that] manages to reorganize the landscapes of conception, birth, death, Heaven and New Jersey . . . Klein leads the reader to a ledge of unbelievability and dares the reader to believe . . . Klein does it so well . . . and then he pushes you off that ledge. Giggling.
- Christopher Allen, Word Riot

It has been described as an OMG exploration of WTF.

Why You Should Read It
If Willful Suspension of Disbelief were a race in the literary Olympics, this moving and luminous debut would set the record. If this novel were edible, it’d be less like a plate of meat than an inside-out eel roll atop a Russian doll.

File under:
Contemporary American Fabulism

Why I'm Excited to Publish It
I started my own press to discover distinct voices and far-out, relentlessly inventive books like this one. So far I think this description by Christian TeBordo sums it up best:

"Comedy, genuine feeling, and an authentic sense of what it’s like to be alive in our time ooze from the pages of this book like tiny, nude women have been rumored to ooze from the pores of certain bearded men."

Lee Klein is the author of Thanks and Sorry and Good Luck: Rejection Letters from the Eyeshot Outbox (Barrelhouse Books, 2014). A graduate of Oberlin College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he lives in Philadelphia with his wife and daughter.


Dan Cafaro is the founder and publisher of Atticus Books, a small press based in Madison, N.J. When Dan is not following his wife around the country, he is known to sit for long periods of time pondering how to live off the grid.

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