Things are shaping up for our Summer/Fall Releases, and we now have covers for two of them. More details coming soon!
It’s Not Like I Knew Her by Pat Spears – Scheduled for Release August 2016.
Jodie Taylor’s childhood is filled with loss, abuse, chronic disappointment, and an instinctive awareness that her desire for women will forever make her an outcast. At 18, she flees her home town in rural north Florida and arrives in racially charged Selma, Alabama in 1956 as a penniless fugitive. She finds work in a café that is frequented by racist nightriders and, with an eye on the door, she hunkers down behind a wall of lies and half-truths. Her self-imposed silence with the family she left behind is broken when a crisis sets Jodie on a backward journey. As she struggles to reconcile her past with the present, she begins the inward journey she must take to truly find her home.
“. . . one of the most deeply felt novels I have read in a long time. Jodie Taylor is an unforgettable character. Her at times gut-wrenching journey of self-discovery and truth is a tale for the ages. Pat Spears is a rare writer. She peers into the heart of darkness and finds redemption. Read this book.” —Connie May Fowler, author of How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly and Before Women had Wings
“. . . Rarely have I been so taken by a character in a novel as I have been by the stubborn, broken, generous Jodie Taylor ….” ―Sally Bellerose, author of The Girls Club
“Despite the novel’s thematic gravity, which includes discrimination and alienation based on sexual orientation, gender, race, and poverty, Jodie has a sharp, sometimes irreverent tone that punctuates the tension in just the right places.” ―Amanda Silva, essayist
No Place to Pray by James Carpenter – Scheduled for release September 2016
Cover art by J Carpenter
Two young men, one bi-racial and the other white, meet in an overnight lockup and begin their shared twenty-year downward spiral into alcoholism and homelessness. LeRoy and Harmon work together, drink together, brawl together, and as Harmon suffers from his final illness, they both bed Edna, a wealthy widow who, out of pity, curiosity, and loneliness, takes them into her vacation home by the river. Through episodes rendered from shifting, multiple points of view, a series of flashbacks, and LeRoy’s adventure stories―this very smart but uneducated man’s attempts at fantasy writing―we learn of the people and tragedies that shaped their lives and those whose lives unravel along with theirs at the seams of race, class, and religion, and where no one ever quite tells the truth.
“In No Place to Pray, James Carpenter fires up the Southern gothic intensity of ten mortal lifetimes. The conscience burns, the prose sings, and his characters’ dreams will haunt your own.” ~ Kafka Prize-winning author Edie Meidav, author of Kingdom of the Young.
“No Place to Pray is located at the creative nexus where Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, and Richard Pryor converge. Rarely do writers explore, much less depict with insight, irony, and comedy, the endless lower depths of American culture …” ~ Larry Bensky, Executive Producer, “Radio Proust;” and former contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Book Review
“… Reading this novel is like wandering through rooms suffused with a rich, smoky scent: simply furnished rooms filled with complex characters stumbling through hard lives, finding moments of grace …” ~ Sharon Guskin, author of The Forgetting Time
“No Place to Pray is an astonishing accomplishment. James Carpenter opens the window to a complex hardscrabble community, a part of our country that we rarely see so clearly. His characters navigate a universe that rests on indifference and resignation. Despite the relentless push toward degradation the human spirit pushes back with strength, humor, dignity, and imagination. Drunk or sober, Carpenter’s characters speak their version of truth, sometimes mean, sometimes tender, sometimes violent, sometimes filled with humor and irony, always honest, and always without rounding the rough edges. James Carpenter is a gifted writer. This book is an important addition to our understanding of contemporary America.” ~ Vern Miller, Publisher, Fifth Wednesday Journal