THE BOOKS

 

 

TALES OF INSOMNIA DESPAIR &

THE PERFECT COCKTAIL

ISBN 9781483530505    (memoir)

On Columbus Day of 2010, the love of my life, my wife of fifteen years, died suddenly of a double pulmonary embolism.  This is the story of a man shattered by loss who somehow comes back to life.  It’s a memoir and a survival guide, with humor and a breezy, irreverent style that mitigates the sadness.  It’s about relationships and finding love again, about insomnia and a mind that won’t go to sleep.  And it’s a love letter to my wife who’s no longer here.  And through it all, the quest for the perfect cocktail as an antidote to, as the subtitle says, “life’s pummeling.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON WEREWOLF

ISBN 978-1-938773-00-6    (novel)

Valley Forge was a dark time for General Washington.  Not because it was a harsh frigid winter, nor that it was the lowest point for the Rebels in the war against England, but because when the moon was full, George Washington roamed the war-torn landscape as a werewolf…

 

And yes, the narrative was written in eleven days (see FILM in the ABOUT section), but then came the endless editing before it was ready to be released.  A good book to read on a cold winter's night in front of a warm fire, with a brandy or two.  An Ebook bestseller, now available in paperback!

 

MUDVILLE

ISBN 978-0-9839039-0-1    (novel)

Mudville is Casey at the Bat turned on its ear, seen through the sulfurous light of hellfire.  It’s the bottom of the ninth, the Mudville Nine are down 4-2 with two outs as Casey steps to the plate.  And what follows is an apocalyptic retelling of an American folk tale.  A story of violence through generations at the heart of the American dream, from the 19th century to the present day—of a people shaped by brutality, and the “better angels of our nature” becoming the killer-devils who at any moment threaten to destroy us.

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STILL LIFE WITH ABYSS

ISBN 978-0-9839039-6-3    (novella)

 

Quentin Antoine, who struggles mightily to get out of bed, travels freely in his mind (philosophically speaking) as he tries to discover the reason for his own existence.  With a critical eye bordering on pathological, he dissects the slightest phenomena as he searches for a clue.  Inspired by Sartre’s La Nausée, the novella Still Life With Abyss chronicles Quentin Antoine’s adventures of the mind as he eventually makes his way to Lyon, to cooking school, and to his surprising true calling.

 

angrynastyhostile

ISBN 978-0-9839039-7-0    (meta-novel)

not since Jack London’s Martin Eden a century before has an American writer delivered such an uncompromising broadside against the money-hungry monolith of the publishing industry.  begun in October of 2003 & completed in July of 2016, angrynastyhostile is a haymaker a knock-out punch.  both hilarious & deadly serious, it takes place in a single moment as a writer steps up to the podium to accept (or reject) a prestigious literary award.  what follows are the permutations of the artistic mind:  the art of digression, a dissenting voice, an impassioned outcry, a fulminating tirade, a contemplation, examination, vivisection of what it means to be alive & kicking at this exact moment in time

 

ALL COMPACT OF FIRE

ISBN 978-1-938773-01-3    (novel)

SUMMER MCCLELLAN is a forty year-old housewife, a lover of poetry, a woman lost in a twenty year marriage.  She heads for Tranquility, Maine, a place she had seen once on a map, as a storm crashes around her.

J.C. BEATTY, younger by ten years, is a potter in the Maine woods, safe he believes in his secluded world of peace.

And on the Solstice as the earth is warmed by the sun, they come together to confront themselves: Summer her past.  J.C. his silent rage.

All Compact Of Fire is a story of love and adultery, of regret and forgiveness, and of Summer McClellan’s journey—from her life in Pennsylvania where she had disappeared, to the unknown in Maine where she had yet to be.

THROUGH A GARDEN OF LEAVES

ISBN 978-0-9839039-9-4    (short story collection)

If you imagine a world of truth obfuscated by a world of lies then everything you do is political, and anytime you see the truth, even the slightest glimpse of it, it’s a minor miracle.  And the beauty of the truth is that it’s something that can never be written down… here before you is the truth, no… never.  But the quest is truthful. The quest… to seek it is in a way finding it, and many times, if not always, finding it by what it is not…

THE SERIAL KILLER'S DIET BOOK

ISBN 978-1-938773-06-8    (novel)

A fin-de-siècle Faustian satire inspired by Rabelais.  A reflection on morals, God and the Devil, heaven and hell, beauty, literature, and the bestseller list.  And through it all, the universal longing to become someone else.

Uglynakedbeast

ISBN 978-1-938773-07-5    (poetry)

We are separate from everything around us but a part of it all. The deceptions & manipulations, the self-serving ambition, the arbitrary cruelty, the senseless destruction of the beautiful, as well as the selfless caring, the anonymous acts of goodwill, the striving against what seems insuperable, the hope in the face of a life that is both fragile & finite. We are the endless facets that make up a human being. Like a shattered mirror pieced together, the reflection may be flawed but it's true nonetheless, the cracks in the glass allowing our truest selves to emerge.
LIVE NUDE GIRLS
ISBN 978-1-938773-08-2    (novel)
Meet Daphne Olivia Baranchek:  24 year-old bisexual stripper/novelist, ADHD-addled misfit genius, MFA dropout, and refugee from East Berlin, New Jersey who just may be the female Holden Caulfield.
LIVE NUDE GIRLS is a postmodern exploration of identity, hope, inevitability, and how practically everything in life is a Schrödinger's Cat experiment.
FOTUS

(novelpolitical satire)

In the very near future, an American fetus named Alexander Jackson Rett becomes self-aware. He sees that the world out there is where everything bad happens, but inside, in the womb, it’s safe. It’s the safest place to be. So he decides to never come out.

And because he’s self-aware, and because he’s smart and reasonably witty, his Mom and Ernie the next door neighbor make a video. They ask Little Alex questions and he answers from within the womb. And he gets most of them right (although he’s not that good at math). And the next day, Ernie posts the video on YouTube and it goes viral. And before ya know it, Little Alex, the world’s first and only “Amazing Talking Fetus”, is interviewed on Dr. Phyllis…

“What’s it like in there?” she asks.
“It’s dark,” he replies.
“Who’s your favorite President?”
“Richard Nixon.”
“Get a load of this kid!” Dr. Phyllis says. “So what’s the thing you’d most like to do, Alex?”
“I want to run for President!”

And the world is amazed. Including an ultra-secret group of billionaire king-makers known as “The Florists”. To keep their party in office, they need someone who’s bullet-proof to run against Mallory Blitzen. And who better than Little Alex? He’s already world-famous. He’s scandal-proof. He’s the ultimate single-issue candidate! And according to the latest poll, Americans will vote for a white male fetus over a woman for President seven out of ten times, and those odds are pretty good.

So Alexander Jackson Rett becomes the President of the United States. But he discovers that life on the inside may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
copyright 2019  by Kevin Postupack