Things are not going well for Alexander Wolf. At thirty years old, he leaves behind federal prison for a more confining environment: his childhood home. There, Alex must rely on his family. The only problem is their situation is more dire than his. In a fit of desperation, Alex concocts an outlandish rescue plan for his Jewish family: marketing products to fundamentalist Christians, a prospect that attracts the mysterious Reverend Warren Holden. As Alex and his family put their financial house in order, they are dragged deeper and deeper into Holden's bizarre world, leading them from suburban New York to the Mojave Desert, where they finally learn that not all cons are about money.
Aaron Jacobs' short stories have appeared in a number of literary journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, JMWW, The MacGuffin, and Atticus Review. He lives with his girlfriend and dog in Brooklyn and the Catskills. The Abundant Life is his first novel.
A unique and compelling collection of narrative essays by young(ish) Amercian authors that runs the gamut on form and content
This collection of 21 narrative essays by 11 authors is a miscellany of topic and theme: from tattoos to addiction to spinning vinyl to ice fishing; from navigating the streets of Saigon to sexual assault to battling mental illness to living with death. The montage of content is held together by a distinct “voice,” a voice that occupies that space beyond the customary and the commonplace in society, a voice from the fringe giving utterance to outsider’s experience. Miscellany brings together the sensibilities, experiences, and the aesthetic of young(ish) American essayists in a truly singular voice.
These essays occupy the dangerous spaces between tale and rant, between song and scream, between meditation and meltdown. Miscellany offers readers a thrilling ride along the ragged edges of American culture.
- Scott Nadelson, author of Saving Stanley, winner of the H.L. Davis Award for Short Fiction
Check out the author interview. Aaron talks about his book, its themes, the writing process, and alcohol.
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his book, its themes, the writing process, and alcohol.
The Boxcar Bop
A jazzy Beckettian-Borroughsesque riff on the road trip to find America
Boxcar Bop is the story of Ken and Braun Rodman, two interdimensional hobos traveling across America, while being pursued by bounty hunter Valentine Green, who intends to capture and return the two interlopers to the dimension from which they came. Part cut-up, part stream of consciousness, part poetry and part prose, Boxcar Bop is a pastoral abstract jam that doubles as a social commentary on old vs new, queerness, gender identity, homelessness and gentrification, control, poverty, happiness, struggle, wandering.
T.C. Pescatore can sometimes be seen wandering along the Walt Whitman bridge or down the sidewalks of Philadelphia's old Skid Row. His first poetry collection Go, On Breathe Freely is out now from Chatter House Press.
“Pescatore’s “gravitron ride” of syntax and spacial manipulation induces a fever pitch of disorientation and giddy weightlessness. His diction is a slurry of high, stoned and made up. In these pages there’s an insane ejaculation of light whim and desire as we head West. Pescatore keeps shoving us off a ledge and in the free fall we come to realize we’re belayed by some fried logic after all.”
-Tim Staley of Grandma Moses Press
"Aaron Jacobs makes a strong, gimlet-eyed debut with this tale of guns and religion — American culture’s two eternal verities — and one cynical young man’s improbable attempt to save his family and his own soul through the power of salesmanship."
- Jonathan Dee, author of The Locals and Pulitzer-nominated The Privileges
"Aaron Jacobs' madcap tale of family dysfunction, heavy weapons smuggling, and the uniquely American enterprise of hawking eternal salvation in exchange for legal tender is a stunning literary debut that will have you laughing from the first page to the last. With an inventive yet utterly believable plot, memorable characters, and sharply crafted sentences, The Abundant Life will leave you racing to the end and pleading for more."
- Shulem Deen, author of award-winning All Who Go Do Not Return
“It is Salinger-esque in spirit and execution. And you can quote me. Oh, you just did? Well, great then.”
- Jason Jones, actor/writer for The Detour and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
“The Abundant Life is an entertaining and edgy rebirth story spun by an unflinchingly honest narrator. Aaron Jacobs has written a novel that is compulsively readable and filled with whip-smart social commentary that is often laugh-out-loud funny. This is one firecracker of a debut.“
- Julia Fierro, author of The Gypsy Moth Summer and Cutting Teeth
"With its delightfully unique, hilarious, and, many times, infuriating characters, The Abundant Life introduces us to the Wolf family and we are better for it. I swear my mouth puckered from Jacobs' acerbic wit, just the way I like it."
- Samantha Bee, host of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee