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Here is the novella A Long, Slow Burn, as well as seven of the author’s favorite short stories, collected and presented together for the first time ever. They encompass ten years of short but inspired fiction, and while their tone and content varies, together they present a unique voice, and vision.
Marlow Heatherton, degenerate gambler, is in deep to the Russian mafia. When he skips town, it sets off a chain of events that will cause chaos and bloodshed from Westchester County to Brighton Beach, from Asbury Park to Bushwick, from Atlantic City to a rest stop on the New Jersey turnpike. Along the way, police, bounty hunters, and criminals of all stripes will be pulled into the vortex. Who will come out on top? Who will walk away from the carnage at all?
Anthony Rizzo’s girlfriend Andy has just broken up with him. He’s a few months away from finishing his undergraduate degree in psychology, a feat which has taken him somewhat longer than the allotted four years. The fact that he is adhering to a strict regimen of drugs, alcohol, and sleepless nights isn’t helping matters. As he himself is quick to point out, he is in no hurry to join the job market and the “real world.” Anthony has become disillusioned, if not disgusted, with college, and with Pittsburgh, where he has spent the last twenty-two years of his life. Despite his self-destructive behavior, he will graduate in a matter of months…and he isn’t quite sure what will come next. Transitional Period is an examination of the current college lifestyle. It deals with some extremely difficult subject matter frankly and honestly, including socially accepted binge drinking, drug use, and the complexities and duties of friendship. It is in turns funny, painful, and thought-provoking, and sometimes all three simultaneously.
It is deep in the woods where Tad feels inexplicably drawn one day, pulled like a magnet to a certain spot, far off the beaten paths with which he is familiar. There, he encounters a dapperly dressed man who calls himself Daddy, speaks in riddles, and whose very existence becomes a mystery into which Tad is drawn, sometimes against his will, sometimes with an eagerness that frightens and perplexes him. From this first meeting between these two very dissident minds and lifestyles, a complex chain of events starts to unravel, beginning with a cautious, hesitant friendship, and ending in discordance that could very well rip the Surrey family apart at the seams.
On the planet Everos, a young boy, Trill, is being raised along the eastern shoreline of Funderling, one of two principle continents, by Balthus, his aging warrior father. They live in the shadow of the Sea of Colors, a hypnotic, swirling mass, about which little is known, but much is speculated. While Balthus is away, Trill is kidnapped by raiders, forcing the father to pick up arms again and embark on a desperate rescue mission. But there is a secret about these raiders that neither father nor son will be able to believe.
This memoir is a brutally honest, take-no-prisoners, nonfiction account of the author’s experiences while working in the security industry in New York City, for parts of the years 2009 and 2010. Dividing time between his personal and professional life, it covers several major events and misadventures, including the move to New York from South Carolina, his “business casual” wedding, a death in the family, and memorable encounters with many unsavory denizens of the Rotten Apple. Written in first-person, in Steven’s inimitable style, along with running commentary that reveals much about his values and worldviews, this is a rare glimpse into the mind of a blue-collar author whose writing harkens back to Charles Bukowski. Thinking of moving to New York? Consider this to be required reading…some might stay the course, after finishing this series of reminiscences, but far more are likely to reconsider their plans.
This essay collection includes material written over a ten-year period, much of it previously unreleased. It’s a whirlwind of the author’s personal reflections…here are stories about Finkelstein’s early life in Cincinnati, his later years in Pittsburgh, and his time spent in South Carolina and New York. The diversity of the content is matched only by its humor and insight. Some of the topics discussed include local and national politics, America’s relationship with Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Israel, marijuana legalization, prostitution, race relations, social media, friendship, marriage, and isolation. There are essays about Tiger Woods, Ben Roethlisberger, Lawrence Taylor, Michael Bloomberg, Anthony Weiner, Paula Deen, Glenn Beck, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Williams, and James Gandolfini. This is a treasure trove of opinions and anecdotes…never before has the author addressed his readership so frankly and personally.