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The Backslider

by Sean McGrady Dzanc Books (January 24, 2012)

Belfast in the 1970s. Marius Moonston, age 13, is out and the streets are filled with danger and excitement.


by Peter Stenson Dzanc Books (February 13, 2018)

  • Author’s debut, Fiend, was prominently reviewed in venues like MTV, Entertainment Weekly, and SF Signal

  • Debut novel Fiend was published in the UK (Windmill) and France, translated (Super 8 Editions)
  • Author’s...

  • This Book Is Not for You

    by Daniel A. Hoyt Dzanc Books (November 07, 2017)

    *Winner of the 2016 Dzanc Books inaugural Prize for Fiction

    *Author of the short story collection, Then We Saw the Flames, winner of the 2008 Juniper Prize for Fiction, University of Massachusetts Press, published...

    The God File

    by Frank Turner Hollon Dzanc Books (April 01, 2017)

    Gabriel Black is sentenced to prison for a murder he did not commit. In a twisted expression of honor, he takes responsibility for the action of a women he loves and pays with his freedom. Black stumbles upon...

    Blood and Circumstance

    by Frank Turner Hollon Dzanc Books (April 01, 2017)

    A psychological mystery. Joel Stabler kills his beloved brother Danny in what appears to be murder in the name of mercy. When Joel's lawyers assign a psychologist to determine his sanity at the time of the shooting,...

    A Moral Tale and Other Moral Tales

    by Josh Emmons Dzanc Books (April 18, 2017)

    Provocative, funny, and precisely observed, this debut collection examines the way we view sex, the environment, friendship, aging, love and honesty.

    The Book of Neil

    by Frank Turner Hollon Dzanc Books (April 01, 2017)

    Two billion people on Earth call themselves Christians. A foundation belief among Christians is that Jesus, the Son of God, will again appear in bodily form amongst us. If He returned in this age of consumption,...

    The Point of Fracture

    by Frank Turner Hollon Dzanc Books (April 01, 2017)

    A troubled woman, bent on revenge, implicates her husband, his family, and a Southern community in an unsolvable murder. With its swift prose and shrewd insight, The Point of Fracture is both a gripping page-turner...

    The Australian

    by Emma Smith-Stevens Dzanc Books (May 16, 2017)

    A young man known as "the Australian" journeys between New York and Melbourne on a quest of self-discovery in this poignant exploration of loneliness, love, and fatherhood.

    Peter Doyle

    by John Vernon Dzanc Books (April 27, 2015)

    On St. Helena island in 1821 a mysterious doctor removes Napoleon Bonaparte’s penis from his corpse while in the next room his loyal lieutenants brag about their dead emperor’s merciless cruelty. Fifty years...

    Lindbergh's Son

    by John Vernon Dzanc Books (April 24, 2015)

    “All this began long before I died,” says the brain in a jar that narrates John Vernon’s second novel. The brain once belonged to Charles Cooper, a 55-year-old water engineer in upstate New York, and has...

    Whipple's Castle

    by Thomas Williams Dzanc Books (July 25, 2015)

    Set in Williams' fictional city of Leah, New Hampshire, Whipple's Castle is a mansion within the town where the Whipple family resides--husband, wife, three sons and a daughter, each with their own worries and...

    Town Burning

    by Thomas Williams Dzanc Books (July 25, 2015)

    John Cotter returns reluctantly to the smug New England town from where he had escaped via the G.I. Bill and foreign study fellowships. His older and much hated brother Bruce is dying of a brain tumor, and his...

    We Five

    by Mark Dunn Dzanc Books (October 05, 2015)

    We Five tells the story of five young female friends and co-workers through the voices of five different authors, the story unfolding against five distinct historic backdrops. The driving conceit is that an...

    Worthy: A Novel

    by Lisa Birnbaum Dzanc Books (May 10, 2016)

    Worthy is the story of Ludmila—or Worthy, as she comes to be known—a “former” con artist from Eastern Europe managing an eccentric, failing strip club in Tampa for her lover, Leo. Though there is much she...

    Like a Woman

    by Debra Busman Dzanc Books (March 02, 2015)

    Like a Woman follows Taylor, a working class white girl too tough and too tender for her own good, who helps friends, rescues strays, and carries her battered copy of Ghandi on Non-Violence everywhere she goes....

    The Fan-Maker's Inquisition

    by Rikki Ducornet Dzanc Books (July 19, 2015)

    "A fan is like the thighs of a woman: it opens and closes." And so begins this lush, historical novel--a mixture of imagination and conceit, passion and suspense. In a tense courtroom during the French Revolution,...


    by Matthew Sharpe Dzanc Books (July 19, 2015)

    A group of survivors arrive in Virginia from the demolished Manhattan, planning to establish an outpost, find oil, and exploit the Indians controlling the area. Plans go awry however in both violent and humorous...


    by Janet Kauffman Dzanc Books (July 19, 2015)

    A stunning, poetic novel about a nearly overpowering relationship, from the author of the acclaimed short story collection, Places in the World a Woman Could Walk.


    by Lance Olsen Dzanc Books (July 19, 2015)

    You're sitting in a darkened theater, waiting for the movie to begin when American culture explodes all around in I-Max, Sensurround, Technicolor—this is the experience of reading Lance Olsen's brilliant 10:01,...

    The Crimson Throne

    by Sudhir Kakar Dzanc Books (July 13, 2015)

    Tells tales of India during the Mughal era, viewed from the contrasting mindsets of European aides to the two leading princes, Dara Shikoh and Aurangzeb. Niccalao Manucci and Francois Bernier offer insights...

    Head in Flames

    by Lance Olsen Dzanc Books (July 19, 2015)

    Head in Flames is a collage novel composed of chips of sensation, observation, memory, & quotation shaped into a series of narraticules told by three alternating voices, each inhabiting a different font & aesthetic/political/existential...

    All Gone

    by Stephen Dixon Dzanc Books (April 30, 2013)

    A collection of 18 short stories by a "very skillful storyteller (whose) grasp of the life of ordinary American city dwellers is such that he can shape it dramatically to meet the demands of his far from ordinary...

    The Body in Four Parts

    by Janet Kauffman Dzanc Books (May 14, 2013)

    A non-linear passion play; an eloquent demand for a return to the roots of our being, our most ancient and elemental nature—air, earth, fire, water.


    by Stephen Dixon Dzanc Books (April 30, 2013)

    In the ten stories that comprise Friends, Dixon writes with his unusual flair, wit, and gentle irony. Through Will and Magna, characters he first introduced in his first collection Time To Go, Dixon offers many...

    Into Thin Air

    by Caroline Leavitt Dzanc Books (August 05, 2014)

    Hours after giving birth, a young woman flees her baby and her husband and slips into a new life. With rare insight and compassion, Caroline Leavitt shows us the impact of that flight through the eyes of the...


    by Kim Church Dzanc Books (March 18, 2014)

    The fragmented family history of a child given up for adoption, told through his birth parents and others.

    Don't Worry About the Kids

    by Jay Neugeboren Dzanc Books (July 08, 2014)

    Although the voices and settings of these tales are diverse, their central concerns remain constant. Neugeboren explores the precarious nature of family life and those elements--madness, betrayal, loss--that...


    by John Lennon Dzanc Books (October 31, 2013)

    A former doll and children's book mogul starts buying up land in a small town, and the people of the small town aren't happy.

    Six Figures

    by Fred Leebron Dzanc Books (February 18, 2014)

    A disturbing novel of domestic unease, part thriller and part psychological drama, from a young American writer of exceptional talent

    A Drink Called Paradise

    by Terese Svoboda Dzanc Books (June 17, 2014)

    When a copywriter is stranded on a small island in the Pacific after helping a soft drink commercial shoot, she uncovers a terrible secret that eventually drives her to the brink of insanity. Svoboda's stunning...

    Alison's Automotive Repair Manual

    by Brad Barkley Dzanc Books (May 13, 2013)

    A widow in her mid-thirties, Alison has been mourning for two years. Now living in small town West Virginia with her sister Sarah and brother-in-law Bill, Alison is unable to move on with her life. Finally,...

    The Orange Suitcase

    by Joseph Riippi Dzanc Books (June 01, 2013)

    In the thirty-four stories filling The Orange Suitcase, Joseph Riippi packs an intimate and powerful portrait of a young man’s life. From a childhood spent snipering neighbors with BB guns, to adulthood grasping...

    The Brunist Day of Wrath

    by Robert Coover Dzanc Books (December 02, 2014)

    The sequel to Coover's award-winning The Origin of the Brunists, takes a look at religion, cults, myths, and how small towns relying on slowly dying businesses mesh together with an amazing cast of characters,...

    The House of Breath

    by William Goyen & Reginald Gibbons Dzanc Books (October 10, 2014)

    Goyen passes on traditional conventions of plot and character. The House of Breath is an address to the people and places the narrator remembers from his childhood in small Texas town, Charity. The novel is...


    by Stephen Dixon Dzanc Books (April 30, 2013)

    Frog is a complex and paradoxical character: petulant, compulsive, overbearing, hostile, and self-righteous, but also imaginative, loving, kind, and strong. No matter how exasperating he gets, it's still hard...

    On the Night Plain

    by John Lennon Dzanc Books (April 14, 2015)

    On the Night Plain explores the complications of love and work; loyalty to family, the land, and one’s own desires; and the nature of solitude. This story about a man who reluctantly accepts his birthright...

    The Lemon Grove

    by Ali Hosseini Dzanc Books (February 19, 2013)

    The Lemon Grove is a story of love, redemption, and the courage to survive in the face of calamity and loss. Twin brothers Behruz and Ruzbeh are in love with Shireen. When Behruz leaves America and returns...

    Ghost Dance

    by Carole Maso Dzanc Books (June 25, 2013)

    This haunting, often surreal first novel vividly captures the struggles of a young woman, Vanessa Turin, as she attempts to recover her family and her past

    In the Middle of All This

    by Fred Leebron Dzanc Books (February 18, 2014)

    Leebron's compelling third novel brings us into the world of domestic unease as two couples and their joined families wrestle with empathy's limitations in the uncompromising teeth of mortality.

    30 Pieces of a Novel

    by Stephen Dixon Dzanc Books (April 30, 2013)

    In 30 Dixon presents us with life according to Gould, his brilliant fictional narrator who shares with us his thoroughly examined life from start to several finishes, encompassing his real past, imagined future,...

    The Committee on Town Happiness

    by Alan Michael Parker Dzanc Books (December 02, 2014)

    A lyrical and funny look at democracy and bureaucracy, The Committee on Town Happiness consists of ninety-nine linked stories about disappearing townsfolk. Hot air balloons are launched to search for the missing;...

    From Old Notebooks

    by Evan Lavender-Smith Dzanc Books (March 26, 2013)

    From Old Notebooks begins as simply a writer’s list of ideas—ideas for stories, films, novels, essays—but soon the writer’s attention turns toward meditations on family, fear of death, literary fame,...

    Lambs of Men

    by Charles White Dzanc Books (May 14, 2013)

    Returning from the horrors of the First World War to recruit volunteers in his remote Appalachian home, Marine Sergeant Hiram Tobit finds the country changed. His mother has committed suicide, dredging up old...


    by Kristin McCloy Dzanc Books (June 04, 2013)

    A novel exploring the connection between grief and love, this is the story of Ellie Lowell, a college graduate shattered by her mother's sudden death, whose return to the rural North Carolina town of her childhood...

    I Am a Very Productive Entrepreneur

    by Mathias Svalina Dzanc Books (February 19, 2013)

    I Am A Very Productive Entrepreneur sets up, and watches through to failure, dozens of imaginative and often ridiculous businesses that heap one upon another, all the while unpacking a narrative of life without...

    Fall and Rise

    by Stephen Dixon Dzanc Books (April 30, 2013)

    Written before stalking became a social issue, Stephen Dixon novel about a young man's obsessive love for a beautiful woman takes place for 24 hours in NYC.


    by Stephen Dixon Dzanc Books (April 30, 2013)

    Draws a portrait of an American man through a collection of shorter stories documenting his romantic and sexual encounters over the course of forty years, showing the pain and wonder of love that are such a...

    Kafka's Son

    by Curt Leviant Dzanc Books (January 18, 2016)

    Set in New York City and Prague in 1992, Kafka’s Son follows a first-person narrator who is a documentary filmmaker. In a New York synagogue, he meets an elderly Czech Jew named Jiri, once the head of the...

    Late One Night

    by Lee Martin Dzanc Books (May 10, 2016)

    On a night no one will ever forget, Della Black and three of her seven children are killed in a horrific fire in their trailer. As the surviving children are caught in the middle of a custody battle between...