THIS WEEK’S OTHER FEATURED BOOKS, “HIPPIE MAFIA” BY JESSICA EVANS AND “THE DEVIL’S CHARITY,” BY ROBERT D. TURVIL, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST (ALONG WITH THE FIRST TUESDAY REPLAY), OR BY CLICKING THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR AUTHOR PAGE.
THE BOOK: Miraculous Fauna
PUBLISHED IN: 2016
THE AUTHOR: Timmy Reed
THE EDITOR: Cetywa Powell
THE PUBLISHER: Underground Voices
SUMMARY: Miraculous Fauna tells the hagiographic road-trip story of a pair of fictional mother-daughter saints, one a foster child and teenage mother and the other a miraculously animated stillborn child, as they make their way back and forth across the American landscape and the landscape of their own lives, all while searching for the meaning of sainthood.
THE BACK STORY: I wrote the book in about 3.5 years. Part of it was written graduate school as my independent study. It was heavily influenced by the saint stories I grew up hearing all the time, as well as road trip novels, horror stories, and my own fear of mortality.
WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? Miraculous Fauna is an exciting, adventurous story filled with sadness, beauty, magic, and death.
REVIEW COMMENTS: “No one writes like Timmy Reed; he has a haunting, unique voice that sticks hard and fast in your head. Miraculous Fauna is freaky in the very best way. You’ll glide straight through to the tender and enchanting end.” -Jessica Anya Blau, author of The WonderBread Summer and Drinking Closer to Home“Miraculous Fauna is nothing less than a miracle of a novel: beautifully strange and richly moving. Timmy Reed continues to create worlds that I long to get lost in, and this novel is no exception. Start reading, and soon you’ll want to get lost in Miraculous Fauna too.” – Laura van den Berg, author of Isle of Youth and Find Me“Timmy Reed’s sense of detail and description astounds me and makes me jealous, that he threads so much of that through this Miraculous Fauna is nothing short of, well, miraculous. Baby Rachel is a beautiful monster and the novel is full of great compassion. Miraculous Fauna is one of the most fantastic and one of the most fucked up novels I’ve read in years.” – Michael Kimball, author of Big Ray, Us and Dear Everybody
AUTHOR PROFILE: Timmy Reed is a writer and teacher from Baltimore, Maryland. He is the author of Tell God I Don’t Exist, The Ghosts That Surrounded Them, Miraculous Fauna, Star Backwards, and IRL as well as a couple of chapbooks: Stray/Pest and Zeb And Bunny Build Russian Dolls. He has been featured in the Wigleaf Top 50 on multiple occasions and won a 2015 Baker Artist Awards B-Grant. Learn more here: https://underratedanimals.wordpress.com
AUTHOR COMMENTS: Here’s where you can perhaps tie your book to some larger issue, or what you hoped to accomplish.
SAMPLE CHAPTER: https://www.amazon.com/Miraculous-Fauna-Timmy-Reed/dp/0990433153
LOCAL OUTLETS: Normals Books and Records, Atomic BooksWHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Booksellers.
CONTACT THE AUTHOR: underratedanimals.wordpress.com