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Okay, NOW here’s an excerpt from “The Legend of Troy Cartwright,” just out in the new Hobart. I jumped the gun yesterday.
I’ll be reading at the Center for Fiction on 10/9 at 7:00—my old friend Hannah Tinti is going to be there, too. Ten years ago, Hannah published my first story at One Story. We’ll probably talk about the new book, but maybe I’ll even dip back into the Jim Funkle universe.
Either way, come out, NYC friends! It’ll be grand.
Here’s where to RSVP:
“The Deathblow: Sometimes I think about my life in two phases: Before I knew about the shadowy deathblow, and after I knew about the shadowy deathblow. I do not want to give away too much of this ingenious creation, but there is a spectacularly surprising sentence halfway through this story that involves the deathblow and a certain appendage. I still think about that sentence, whenever I believe I have written something smart and humorous. Is it as funny as that? I ask myself. Usually the answer is no.”
Hannah Tinti, editor-in-chief of One Story, writes in the editor’s note of Recommended Reading that there are 5 reasons to read Patrick Somerville’s story “Trouble and the Shadowy Deathblow.” Read the other reasons (and the story) tomorrow morning at Recommended Reading.
Electric Lit gives “Trouble and the Shadowy Deathblow” an online home. Hannah Tinti, who published it nine years ago at One Story, writes the very kind intro.
This is the second book trailer for my novel This Bright River, and it was put together by the inimitable Susie Kirkwood, an artist here in Chicago. This Bright River has a love story in it. Whereas the first trailer focused on Ben’s various problems in the first half of the book, this one is a representation of a nightmare Lauren, the second narrator, is having trouble shaking. The nightmare plays a bigger role in the plot later in the book, but this is the reader’s first time hearing about it.
Based on how the book is set up, it seemed right to me to have one for each central character. And they can serve as nice bookends for a totally bizarre summer. Thanks to everyone who’s supported the book! I’m going back to work at the Pancake House.
Oh, and this: narration for this one was provided by Susie’s sister, Chicago writer Jill Summers.
The circle is complete.
I mean pancakes.
I should also add that Kevin Thomas, the artist who made this comic-style review of TBR at The Rumpus, is the first person to successfully solve the puzzle in the middle of the novel. He wrote to Ben two weeks ago with the solution. He got it! I will eventually write something about the puzzle, what it was like to make it with my friend Sandor Weisz, and how it all works. I’ll let it sit for now, though, in case anyone else is trying to crack the code.
Thanks to Kevin for this amazing comics version of the book. Love it.