THE BOOK: Beautiful Ape Girl Baby
PUBLISHED IN: 2016
THE AUTHOR: Heather Fowler.
THE EDITORS: Michael Takeda & Josie Brown.
THE PUBLISHER: Pink Narcissus Press –a publisher of dark fantasy, urban fantasy, literary fantasy, magical realism, and crossovers with science fiction and horror.
SUMMARY: Heather Fowler’s debut novel is a frisky, rip-roaring ride of a magical realist, coming of age story that explores sex and gender in ways that will have you laughing out loud. Be prepared to travel light with a somewhat murderous female protagonist en route across the country–where it’s so hard to be a strong, violent, little ape girl, looking in all the wrong places for forever kinds of love.
THE BACK STORY: This book was written based on a short story written in 2001. It took 15 years to go from concept invention to novel publication, but the time between made it a richer book. It’s a story about a girl born to rich parents, resembling an ape, who fights societal expectations about beauty at the same time as fighting her own idealistic nature. The nurture/nature argument informs this book as does a free-wheeling exploration of gender.
WHY THIS TITLE?: The title is also the protagonist’s name. It’s her book and her title because it is her story.
WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? Who wouldn’t want to read a book that makes readers laugh AND think? This book is funny, wild, and the kind of narrative so unique, many readers say it strikes them as totally fresh and exciting. It’s the book I’d want to read if I were starved for something that functioned both as entertainment and high literature. It is definitely a book that that defies easy classifications.
“Fowler spins classic themes of loyalty, betrayal, love, and protection in a dynamic plot. Beautiful’s gradual awakening to the truth about herself raises provocative questions on what it means to be animal or human.” –Foreword Reviews
“Heather Fowler is a magician—and she proves it once again with this rollicking and wonderfully subversive debut novel. Like her acclaimed short fiction, Beautiful Ape Girl Baby is bursting with energy and wit, humor and heart, cutting social commentary and evocative emotional depth. It’s the kind of book that burns, leaves a mark, and reminds you of the possibilities of fiction.” —Andrew Roe, author of The Miracle Girl. ”
“A dark gleaming star of a novel–wild, visceral, yet full of innocence. Fowler never fails to make the strange beautiful, and all that we’re told should be beautiful deliciously strange.” —Angela Readman, Winner of the Rubery Book Award.
“Fowler has written something impossible and brilliant: Confederacy of Dunces meets Mighty Joe Young meets Pantagruel meets Heathers. I have never read anything like this book, and I’m always thankful for the few times as a reader I get to say that. So thankful for the funny, fierce, feminist words of Heather Fowler.” —Amber Sparks, author of The Unfinished World and Other Short Stories and the collection May We Shed These Human Bodies
AUTHOR PROFILE: I’m a magical realist and a poet who loves a good nature show and enjoys a good motivational mantra. Beautiful Ape Girl Baby is my 6th book, but first published novel. I live in San Diego, California, where the weather is endlessly beautiful. I’m also the proud parent of two children. My work is racy and smart, both dark and light. I love when readers message me after reading my books and/or post on social media about them. I’ll often retweet or repost. Same with GoodReads reviews.
AUTHOR COMMENTS: My book concerns itself with both a seventeen year old misfit girl’s coming of age and a larger deliberation on both loneliness and nature versus nurture It’s a book I’m hoping will speak to anyone who has ever felt strange in the world—and anyone who wants to laugh or commiserate about carrying that feeling like a cross.
SAMPLE CHAPTER: Please visit my Amazon author page to read both an excerpt of this book and excerpts of my story collections if desired.
LOCAL OUTLETS: To be announced.
WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.
PRICE: $15 trade paperback, e-book also available.
CONTACT THE AUTHOR: Stop by, anytime, and say hello at my website, Facebook, or Twitter. Readers are my favorite people.