By Richard Katrovas
Published by The Oleander Press
Category Thriller Drama
Hell is the place between words and the world... Willie, 12, and middle-aged Nathan are inhabitants of the Crescent City whose passions, dreams and lives are altered by the dying of a local poet. Itâ€™s a novel about life and love, death and despair, acceptance, denial, murder, sex â€“ and fine cuisine. Not necessarily in that order.
Author of eleven books, Richard Katrovas taught for twenty years at the University of New Orleans. Professor of English at Western Michigan University since 2003, he is also founding director of the Prague Summer Programme. Katrovas's poems, stories and essays have appeared in leading journals and anthologies in America.
"Richard Katrovas's first novel, Mystic Pig, is as wild, dangerous and spicy as the city it celebrates."
-- Valerie Martin
â€œGrounded in what often feels like the all-too-real world, this is writing that manages to be both earthy and transcendent.â€
Gregor White, Stirling Observer
"From page one, this is a novel you want to take your time with."
-- Frederick Barthelme
The characters are vivid, unique, and likeable, and when their separate stories finally intersect and merge, the result takes you to an emotional place you did not expect, but were glad to have experienced. It's a lovely book, and deserves a wide audience.
This is one of the best books I've ever read. Katrovas has a truly unique american voice.
This book is a modern classic - absolutely hooked from the start. Read it in one sitting and am looking forward to re-reading it!