This week's picks come from Missi Smith,
Assistant Publicist at 45th Parallel Communications.
And Every Day Was Overcast: An Illustrated Novel by Paul Kwiatkowski
Published by Black Balloon Publishing
What is it about? Drugs, teenage cruelty, wonder, and the screenflickering worlds of Predator and Married . . . With Children shape and warp the narrator’s developing sense of self in author and photographer Paul Kwiatkowski’s debut. Paul Kwiatkowski’s arresting photographs amplify his novel of profound vision and vulnerability, drawing the reader through adventures and misadventures, from an ill-fated LSD trip on an island of castaway rabbits to the devastating specter of HIV and AIDS. And Every Day Was Overcast, an extraordinary alchemy of photography and fiction, gracefully illuminates the narrator’s travesties and triumphs of forging emotional connections and his own brutal longings for love.
Why am I excited to be publishing it? At Black Balloon Publishing we champion the unwieldy and the unclassifiable, and this unique take on the novel is already receiving media buzz for its originality and compelling artistry. The American Life’s Ira Glass, and photographers Alec Soth and Doug Rickard have already praised And Every Day Was Overcast. In the book, Paul boldly captures the vacancy of teen angst and heats it up, setting it in South Florida amongst ruin and stagnation. Everyone experiences adolescence; few are willing to share meditations that inform identity during those years.
Missi Smith is an Assistant Publicist at 45th Parallel Communications, the publicity and marketing firm representing Black Balloon Publishing.