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THE BOOK: Juggling Kittens
PUBLISHED IN: October 2016
THE AUTHOR: Matt Coleman
THE EDITORS: Zara Kramer, Rachel Schoenbauer, Kathy Davidson, Saren Richardson, and Nicole Tone
THE PUBLISHER: Pandamoon Publishing
SUMMARY: Ellis Mazer is a soon-to-be father, a first year English teacher, and a directionless twenty-something in a directionless Arkansas town dealing with the disappearance of a little girl from her mobile home. But when one of his own students stops coming to school, Ellis discovers that he may be the only person who even notices. The resulting quest leads him deep into the shadows and calluses of hillbilly noir in an attempt to solve the mystery of a missing kid … or two.
THE BACK STORY: The book is a mixture of autobiographical elements from my first year teaching and a completely fictional mystery surrounding the disappearance of a student.
WHY THIS TITLE: Juggling Kittens was a reference I made in an essay years ago when asked to describe what it was like to teach seventh grade.
WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: Anyone who likes bleak Southern Gothic landscapes and fish-out-of-water detective stories, but always wished they had a little more dark comedy will love it. There are elements of social commentary, coming-of-age, and buddy comedy woven in and out of an amateur sleuth mystery.
“Toss Tom Perotta, Raymond Chandler, and Hunter S. Thompson in the air, and you’ve got JUGGLING KITTENS: an electric, energized romp through the wilds of Ruddy Creek, Arkansas. When an outcast student goes missing, his doe-eyed middle school teacher takes it upon himself to find him. What ensues is a switchbacking chase from local character to back woods, churches to small town secrets. At once outlandish and heartfelt, hilarious and deeply macabre, this novel explodes with colorful, lively prose and crisp dialogue that will have you turning pages. A riveting, accomplished debut by a terrific new voice. Coleman’s substantial talent is one to watch.” -Sara Lippmann, author of Doll Palace: Stories
“Mr. Coleman’s first novel was a pleasant surprise. I liked it quite a bit and think other readers would as well. It’s well written, with a personal voice –engaging and often funny.” -David Keymer, reviewer for the Library Journal
“Well-written, gripping suspense story with fully developed characters and a plot with which I was wholly immersed. Had plenty of twists and turns to keep me on my toes and a finish leaving me both pleased and in agony. Excellent book for being a debut novel and hoping this author continues to write!” -Don Kidwell, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer
AUTHOR PROFILE: Matt Coleman works in the fields of writing and education. His short fiction has appeared in various journals and web publications. He also spent three years writing for The City Life Supplement, a comedy podcast. JUGGLING KITTENS is his debut novel. He has spent fifteen years in public education and is currently a school improvement specialist in Texarkana, Arkansas, where he lives with his two daughters, four rescued dogs, two rescued cats, and a fish who refuses to die.
SAMPLE CHAPTER: http://www.mattcolemanbooks.com/blog/the-important-stuff
This excerpt is Chapter 3 from Juggling Kittens . It is also a fairly autobiographical account of my memory of 9/11.
LOCAL OUTLETS: Available wherever books are sold.
WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon
PRICE: $4.99 Digital, $14.99 Paperback
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