Coming in 2021! First English-language translations of two works by renown Norwegian author, Jens Bjørneboe and translated by Esther Greenleaf Mürer. More more information, see: https://www.frayededgepress.com/bjorneboe.html
Louise MacGregor's new adult novel, Rape Jokes, is now available as an ebook! Part romantic comedy, part social commentary, part women's empowerment, this novel manages to be a light, entertaining read while also tackling some tough subjects.
Edie, a record label talent scout, experiences date rape as well as sexual harassment at work. Handling her recovery and these challenges is further complicated when she meets an intriguing new love interest. This offbeat feminist romantic comedy moves beyond “girl meets guy,” dealing with sexual dysfunction, the ubiquity of rape culture, and what recovery looks like in a world filled with reminders of your assault.
What readers are saying about this 4.5 star Amazon-reviewed book:
"Rape Jokes is, without question, the best portrayal of the aftermath of a rape that I have ever read in a novel."–Goodreads
"Rape Jokes was an intense but rewarding read. First off, let me forewarn that, unsurprisingly, this book can be triggering. But, as a survivor, I can also attest that I found it deeply relateable and empowering."–LibraryThing
Find out more about this title, and how to obtain the ebook, here.
Q: What’s that title about?
A: This is for sure the question I’ve fielded most since I announced Rape Jokes, and I totally get why. As far as most of the world is concerned, rape is something you shouldn’t be cracking wise about, and rape jokes as a whole have been on the forefront of some of the most prominent debates about sexual assault and the media in the last few years. But Rape Jokes (the book) isn’t an attempt to make light of sexual assault or the people who’ve dealt with it. Initially, Rape Jokes was just a working title, but as I went on with the story it became clear that there isn’t a more succinct name for a romantic comedy about rape, and I stuck with it. I know for some people it’s off-putting, but it wasn’t my attempt to turn rape into a laughing matter.
Honestly, the idea for this book came when I turned to my partner late one evening, barely looking up from my tea, and cracked a “Ha, wouldn’t it be funny if there was a romantic comedy called Rape Jokes?” And now, here we are. What I’m saying is every idea you’ve had at ten past one in the morning is the best decision you’ll ever make.
Q: Are there any parts of the book you’re especially proud of and if so why?
A: Honestly, I’m proud of the entire thing and could talk about how very proud I am of it for days. If I had to narrow it down (and bear in mind that I am a British person so “taking pride in my achievements” is a new one on me), I’m really pleased with the fact that this is a book I really would have wanted to read even if I hadn’t written it. It covers some issues that I haven’t seen covered in other books (not that they’re not out there, just that I haven’t come across them yet), and I hope that it makes some people dealing with similar stuff feel understood.
Read more here: https://www.frayededgepress.com/qa-on-rape-jokes.html
Shelly Brivic's experimental novel, Stealing: A Novel in Dreams is now available as an eBook. You can purchase the Kindle edition through Amazon now, at the discounted price of US$4.99. But wait, there's more! Kindle Unlimited members can read this title for FREE, as can members of the Kindle Owners Lending Library.
Enjoy this thought-provoking novel at a discounted rate via the convenience of reading on your phone, e-reader, or tablet!
More information about this title is available here:
Penn Book Center announces:
Please join us for a reading and discussion
with two great authors from two of our favorite local presses:
Shelly Brivic, author of STEALING: A NOVEL IN DREAMS (Frayed Edge Press)
Barbara Barrow, author of THE QUELLING (Lanternfish Press)
Friday, March 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Frayed Edge Press author Shelly Brivic will be reading from his novel, Stealing: A Novel in Dreams on February 28, 2019, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the 6th floor lounge of Anderson Hall at Temple University's main campus. Refreshments will be served and copies of the book will be available for sale.
This event is sponsored by Temple's English Department. Dr. Brivic is recently retired as a professor in this department, and has long been recognized as a leading scholar of literary Modernism with a specialization in the writings of James Joyce. While he has published a vast number of academic journal articles and scholarly books, Stealing is his first work of fiction.
This event is free and open to the public. Bring ID to check in at the Anderson Hall security desk and to be directed to the venue.
To learn more about Stealing, visit: https://www.frayededgepress.com/stealing.html
The cover for Louise MacGregor's new adult novel, Rape Jokes is here!
No, rape isn't funny – but having a sense of humor does help in dealing with the aftermath. When Edie, a record label talent scout, is raped by her date, she has no idea what her post-rape future will look like. Navigating sex, pleasure, work, friends, and her forever-changed mental state in the aftermath of her assault is hard enough. But when the perfect guy turns up at the worst possible time, Edie has to figure out what romance and sex mean to her after her assault. This offbeat feminist romantic comedy moves beyond “girl meets guy,” dealing with sexual dysfunction, the ubiquity of rape culture, and what recovery looks like in a world filled with reminders of your assault.
Louise MacGregor is an internationally-published writer of fiction, pop culture criticism, and feminist social commentary. A graduate of journalism and history from the University of Stirling, Louise brings her passion for women-centric stories to both her fiction and non-fiction. As well as running the long-standing pop cultural blog The Cutprice Guignol and film criticism outlet No But Listen, Louise has written boundary-pushing, genre-defying works such as Ruthless and Trouble Clef under her pen name, Kara Lowndes. She resides in Glasgow, Scotland, with her partner and her cat.
Rape Jokes is now available at a special price of 20% off list price. For all the details, see:
We're pleased to announce the publication of Stealing: A Novel in Dreams, the first work of fiction from renowned James Joyce scholar, Shelly Brivic. This experimental novel explores the interactions of the minds of two Jewish brothers as they navigate a toxic home environment headed by an emotionally abusive father and an unhappy mother, beginning in 1950s Bronx. Joseph McElroy has called the work "looping, original, anxiously funny…a tangle of yearning & frustration and vivid, bold appetite.”
Writing in the Journal of Modern Literature blog, Janina Levin says, "Stealing can be read as a realistic novel about a dysfunctional family and as a work of experimental fiction in the modernist tradition, elevating the trials of ordinary people into a narrative about freedom and consciousness through art."
Shelly Brivic is an internationally recognized James Joyce scholar and a retired university professor. He has written extensively on Joyce and other modernists from the perspective of Lacanian psychology. His most recent scholarly book is Revolutionary Damnation: Badiou and Irish Fiction from Joyce to Enright, from Syracuse University Press. Stealing: A Novel in Dreams is his first work of fiction.
See all the purchasing options here: https://www.frayededgepress.com/stealing.html
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