Category: Book Excerpts

  • Kino: An Excerpt from the Novel

    Subject: Jesus Fuck Piss From: mina.koblitz@gmail.com To: samiam@eclecticarts.com Date: Monday, May 12, 2003   I’m cold, confused, and wide-awake, and I can’t fucking believe what happened. Don’t even bother reading this email whenever you get it—stop reading and call me. You still haven’t called me. The nurse refused to wake you even though it’s a…

  • The Benefit of Sleep: An Excerpt from The Law of Strings

    Mr. White sleeps in boxers and a t-shirt once ivory but now gone gray. We who are his friends have tried to wake him, but he is coy, retreats into deep R.E.M., dreams in alpha waves firing at 10 cycles per second. With his phone shut off, and curtains drawn, he ignores the knocks at his door and the…

  • The Wedding at Cana – An Apostle Islands Excerpt

    It’s right around midnight when the booze runs out. There’s always that scary window at a party when folks are drunk enough to pick fights but not drunk enough to do everyone else a favor and just pass out. I’ve sat through enough wedding receptions to know they turn into a wake the minute something…

  • Hyper-Loaded Excerpt from Jürgen Fauth’s Kino

    Jürgen Fauth’s debut novel Kino is the story of Mina Koblitz, granddaughter of Klaus “Kino” Koblitz, a famous film director in Nazi Germany.  All photos appear on Tulpendiebe, a website created in memory of Klaus Koblitz and named for his most famous lost film.   Tendentious art can also be great art. excerpt from Kino…

  • Alternate Scene from ‘The Bee-Loud Glade’

    Publisher’s Note: With today’s official release of The Bee-Loud Glade, we thought it would be enlightening to ask author Steve Himmer to provide an outtake from his debut novel. The following excerpt did not make the book’s final cut for reasons that Steve outlines below, and aptly illustrates the critical decisions and revisions that many…

  • You Never Ask About My Dreams

    At that point things had been rough for a couple of months and I would’ve done anything to ease the tension. I set an alarm for half an hour earlier than usual. I thought if I had some breakfast going when Cathy got up she’d have to see that I cared. After all, cooking wasn’t…

  • Three Ways of the Saw

    I’m at the kitchen sink washing down pills when they bump up my driveway in a blue Toyota pick up, its bed eaten through with rust so bad I can see past the holes in the body to the frame. The driver, a big, middle-aged man with stubbly cheeks and a ball cap on, throws…

  • Larger Than Me: Chapter 6 of ‘Speaking Truths’

    Editor’s Note: What follows is an excerpt from Speaking Truths, a forthcoming novel based, in part, on actual events. The trauma-filled world of Landon Starker, created by author Dayna Hester, has been lauded as a psychological case study and a plea to raise awareness about child abduction. The book is inspired by the humane work of…

  • The Luis Arcos Bergnes

    Editor’s Note: What follows is an excerpt from Venceremos, a novel by Howard Waxman. The book is the coming-of-age tale of Jay Cardinale, a 21-year-old injured Vietnam War hero and second tour deserter. The passage below describes Jay’s rocky boat ride to Cuba with the Venceremos Brigade, a group of American volunteers going to help…