Vicious Books announces summer release for the debut novel Rorschach’s Ribs by Marcus Eder.
May 2008, St. Louis: Vicious Books, an independent press based out of St. Louis announced that the hardback release of the novel Rorschach’s Ribs has been slated for a July release.
From the publisher:
“Escher Smallwater can’t sleep in. That’s the least of his problems. Two years shy of thirty and recently laid off from his job in advertising, Escher has a lot to deal with in his life right now. Forced to make some changes since losing his job, his lifestyle is gone and suddenly the American Dream seems more like a nightmare. As Corporate Charlie bares his darker side by way of recessions and hiring freezes, Escher has found himself with more time to reassess his life, and he’s mad as hell. He will never be a rock star or date a supermodel. He doesn’t get carded at bars anymore, teenagers now think of him as creepy, and he prefers VH1 over MTV. He’s never been in love, his career path has essentially disappeared and somehow, he and his neighbors have inadvertently become the drug kingpins of St. Louis. A life once filled with Ikea catalogs and cubicles now consist of consumer guerillaism, lesbian strippers and a gold-toothed thug named “Mo-Mo”. All this and an impending high school reunion.”
Maintaining a sense of humor while exploring the darker side of contemporary culture, Rorschach’s Ribs explores what happens when the first generation destined to do worse than their parents grows old and starts questioning the American Dream. Through an eccentric, colorful cast of characters and a cynical wit, Rorschach’s Ribs delves into a world of e-commerce, target markets, and the underbelly of capitalism.
Rorschach’s Ribs is the debut from author/musician Marcus Eder, front man of the seminal gothic-americana band Strawfoot, and will be available online and through various independent booksellers nationwide July 2008 from the Vicious Books imprint.