Tuesday, March 31, 2009
John Gallaher's Guidebook, from Blue Hour Press
This is BHP's first post to PPP. Feels real nice. Now for the chap info:
Our fifth release came out today, and we're proud of it: Guidebook, by John Gallaher.
With Guidebook, John Gallaher invents an idiosyncratic mythology of small town America in which driveways yield to carnivals, interstates wind their ways to to the edges of cliffs, and circuses erect themselves in backyards. Gallaher lights homes with refrigerators, clouds forecasts, and signs divorce decrees, puppeteering the lives of a gargantuan everyperson cast as he explores equal amounts of wishes and disappointments. Reading like a novelization of a Fellini film by Sherwood Anderson, Guidebook mixes genres, dizzies itself in language, politely makes meta, and affirms Gallaher as one of the most perceptive, poignant, and surreal minds participating in America's contemporary literature.
Read it, and if you like it, pass it on to friend and foe alike. We appreciate your support.
More to come,