January 12, 2014 by Nathaniel Tower
Later this month, Martian Lit will be releasing my first short story collection, Nagging Wives, Foolish Husbands. The collection includes 24 stories, most of which involve husbands and wives struggling against some surreal conflict (a wildebeest in the laundry room, giving birth to a boot, a gorilla that won’t leave the house, a squid under the bed, etc.).
Today I received the final draft of the cover art, and I think it is a perfect representation of the book (cover designed by Christopher Coffey):
Some awesome writers have said some great things about the collection so far:
“Most people probably think that marriage is surreal enough, but Nathaniel Tower takes the absurdity a step further in this imaginative collection. In examining characters who give birth to boots, find gorillas in their spare bedrooms, and cheat the Potato King out of a stolen ring, Tower delights the reader at the same time that he provides strangely tender and apt insight into how we live our lives together.”
– David S. Atkinson, author of Bones Buried in the Dirt
“Wildebeests and gorillas in the house, a woman giving birth to a boot, babies who grow up before their time, a woman in love with a blade of grass — welcome to the weird, surreal, fascinating world of Nate Tower where anything and everything goes. Brilliant, witty, and satirical — I haven’t had this much fun reading fiction since Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Welcome to the Monkey House’ and Thomas Pynchon’s ‘The Crying of Lot 49.’”
– Jeffrey Miller, author of Ice Cream Headache
“Nathaniel Tower has an innate gift of making the implausible, the impossible, the insignificant spring to life as evidenced in his new story collection Nagging Wives, Foolish Husbands. What is utterly absurd becomes a form of (suspended) reality that this reader accepted and followed to its conclusion, with interest, and in some stories a pang of concern. Tower’s collection brings to mind the brain of Kafka.”
– Susan Tepper, author of The Merrill Diaries
More details about the collection will be available very soon. In the meantime, here are some places where you can keep up:
Here is the official website for the collection: http://martianlit.com/books/7/nagging-wives-foolish-husbands/
If you’re into the whole Facebook thing, here is the book’s page: https://www.facebook.com/nagging.wives.foolish.husbands
Pre-orders will be available soon!