Two new numbers in Frayed Edge Press' Street Smart Series of Short Fiction are coming in November!
#6 - "Make the Bear Be Nice" by Stephen St. Francis Decky launches on November 2, 2021 and is available at a special pre-sale discount price now! Both poignant and funny, this story concerns a homeless teen working nights cleaning movie theaters at a South Jersey cineplex. He forms an unlikely friendship with a former high-school classmate and his sister, while also struggling to come to terms with his estranged father. The story culminates with a chaotic uprising during a screening of an annoyingly ubiquitous summer blockbuster kids’ movie.
#7 - The Day is Gone by Shelonda Montgomery launches on November 9, 2021 and is also available at a special pre-sale discount price now! In this story, a Chicago family’s lives are disrupted when two young brothers and their friend discover the body of a local store owner in a ditch. The children are so used to seeing violence in their neighborhood that they don’t bother telling anyone. When their mother finds out, it sets in motion a plan to move the family to a safer neighborhood. Complications arise when their father loses his job and abandons them, leaving their mother to ensure the safety of the family on her own.
Read more about all of the Street Smart Series titles here!
In Madison's Cave, an epistolary dialogue between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams by Douglas Anderson will officially launch on September 14th. You can pre-order your copy now, at 20% off the list price.
In a series of chapters that mimic those of his infamous book, Notes on the State of Virginia, Jefferson ushers Adams into the underworld of the human psyche, filled with both its monsters and its redemptive lessons. This experimental novel considers early American history, government & politics, education, race relations, and other themes that still resonate in modern American life.
Douglas Anderson was educated at Oberlin College and the University of Virginia. He was the Sterling-Goodman Professor of English at the University of Georgia, and has published a number of critical studies in American literature. He currently resides in Portland, OR.
For more information, visit: https://www.frayededgepress.com/madisons_cave.html
Pre-Publication 20% Off Sale Pricing Now Available for Two New Novels from Norwegian Author Jens Bjørneboe
Louise MacGregor's New Adult novel, Right Guy, Wrong Time: A #MeToo Love Story is now available for pre-sale. Receive 20% off the list price if you order before the official February 23, 2021 launch date.
When the perfect guy turns up at the worst possible time, Edie has to figure out what romance and sex mean to her in the aftermath of rape. This offbeat feminist romance moves beyond “girl meets guy,” dealing empathetically with sexual dysfunction, the ubiquity of rape culture, and what recovery can look like in the #MeToo era. Although it tackles a difficult subject, Right Guy, Wrong Time does so in a way that empowers the reader. The protagonist of this New Adult novel is a relatable character who in many ways provides a good role model for others.
"...skillfully portrays the reality of assault from a woman’s perspective. [S]ome readers...may find solace in seeing this topic addressed in a romance novel."-- Library Journal
"...the best portrayal of the aftermath of a rape that I have ever read in a novel."
--Steff Pasciuti, Reader Fox Blog
For more information and a link to pre-order the book, visit: Right Guy, Wrong Time
Street Smart Series Nos. 4 and 5 are now available for pre-sale!
In Stealing MacGuffin by Matthew Kastel, a Baltimore PI gets hired to steal an unusual Hollywood artifact from an infamous director...
In Pele's Domain by Albert Tucher, a rookie policewoman on the the big island of Hawaii races against time, and lava, to solve the "perfect crime"...
20% off list price if you order now -- and a special deal if you purchase both!
See all the information here.
We're pleased to announce the publication of the first three titles in the Street Smart Series of Short Fiction for People on the Go! This series features short fiction of “novelette” length (between 10,000 to 20,000 words – a work that is longer than a short story, but shorter than a novella). Presented in a handy 5-by-7-inch format, these works are long enough to tell a good story, but brief enough to be read on a short train journey or long commute. They feature contemporary urban settings, well-drawn characters, and engaging plots.
Street Smart Series #1 is Jean-Bernard Pouy's Full Fare -- a translation of his Plein Tarif, originally published in France in the 1990s. The series of short fictions made available to read in train stations in France provided the inspiration for this series from Frayed Edge Press. Pouy is a well-known author of a popular detective series in France; this is the first English translation of his work. In Full Fare, government officials create a novel plan to prevent deaths of the homeless: house them in disused train cars on the outskirts of the city. This unintentionally creates a social and political experiment that leads to a new form of society—and causes the police and authorities to clash with the homeless train dwellers and the anarchists who’ve come to support them.
In Street Smart Series #2, Down and Out in Paris, with Cat, by R. A. Bolo, an American ex-patriot leads a life that many would envy: living and working in Paris. But all is not well for him in the beautiful “city of lights”—his French girlfriend has left him, he’s fallen off the wagon after decades of sobriety, and a homeless cat is now tugging at his heartstrings.
Street Smart Series #3 is The Accidental Anarchist by A. R. Melnik. Middle-aged English professor Caroline Wilson has a good job and a good husband in Philadelphia, but a restless need for a change of scene and a little excitement has her impulsively boarding a commuter bus to New York one morning. A turn down a New York City alley unexpectedly plunges her into a world she never could have imagined, where young anarchists are battling against human traffickers—and they need Caroline’s help.
Look for more titles in the Street Smart Series coming soon! Learn more about number one through 3, and get a special deal when you buy all three! https://www.frayededgepress.com/street-smart-series.html
We're pleased to announce a more stream-lined process for online sales of our titles through partnership with the Parlew Distribution online bookstore. This relationship allows our customers to more easily order multiple titles, be charged regularized shipping costs, and have shipping options to the US, Canada, and the UK. In celebration of this partnership, we're offering 10% off all FEP non-sale items, from now through Halloween, with the code BOO!2019.
In addition to the Parlew Distribution Bookstore, our books may be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and bricks-and-mortar independent bookstores near you! Explore all the options with the direct links on each title's webpage: https://www.frayededgepress.com/books-overview.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 cover reveal for Rebecca Pritchard's forthcoming book, Jeremiah Hacker: Journalist, Anarchist, Abolitionist. This nineteenth-century radical was well-known and controversial in his day, but few people now know of him. Pritchard's book aims to change that, and introduce a contemporary audience to a man who was ahead of his time in terms of many social issues, including women's rights, prison reform, and questioning the roles of organized religion and the government. He was based in Portland, ME for most of his life, where he served as editor and main writer for The Pleasure Boat, known as Maine's most controversial newspaper.
Rebecca M. Pritchard studied writing at the Salt Institute in Portland, Maine, and American & New England Studies at the University of Southern Maine. In school, she became interested in the stories buried in old newspapers and spent her time in libraries poring over their wrinkled pages. She has worked for the Maine Historical Society, the Abbe Museum, and Acadia National Park. She lives with her husband and daughter in Bar Harbor, Maine where she writes for The Mount Desert Islander. This is her first book.
Jeremiah Hacker is now available at a special pre-publication sales price of 20% off list price. For more information, see: https://www.frayededgepress.com/jeremiah-hacker.html
Christina Springer's funny, feminist poetry collection, The Splooge Factory, is forthcoming in November, 2018! Check out the cover image for this work, which has been called "As playful as it is shocking, sexy, and woke..." Now available at a special pre-publication price of 20% off!
Christina Springer is an Alt.Black artist who uses text, performance, video, and other visual expressions to communicate what the space between molecules in the air wish for you to know. Her work has been published widely in a variety of poetry journals, including Obsidian, Eyedrum Periodically, The Drunken Boat, and Callaloo. She was the longest-reigning Pittsburgh Poetry Slam champion.
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We're excited to present the cover for Shelly Brivic's experimental novel, Stealing: A Novel in Dreams, due to be published in mid-November, 2018. We think the cover perfectly conveys the complex relationships in this hypnotic family drama. Now available at a special pre-publication sales price of 20% off!
In Stealing, two Jewish brothers growing up in the 1950s Bronx navigate a toxic home environment headed by an emotionally abusive father and an unhappy mother. One brother eventually finds escape through academic achievement and a new life on the west coast, while the other brother remains entangled in the darkness of his existence, his life and mind slowly unraveling. By presenting the conscious and unconscious connections between family members, this experimental novel explores the concept of individuality, the psychological influences of family, and the very nature of reality.
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