"Fans of Donald Barthelme, Italo Calvino, Deb Olin Unferth, Laura van den Berg and other literary adventurers will find themselves right at home. Tremaglio is a writer to watch with giddy expectation.”
—DAVID LONG, author of The Falling Boy and The Inhabited World, A New York Times Notable Book
What role must a painful past play in an imaginary future? In Dan Tremaglio’s genre-melting debut — a novella that slip-streams through a collection of flash fictions & prose poems — a pot shop employee named Z is summoned to the studio of a world-famous sculptor whose funeral is later that day. Accepting the call if only to avoid his high-achieving twin sister, Z descends into a liminal wonderland of found objects, artifacts, absurdities, dialogues, & dreams. When he reemerges thirty stories later, he must decide if he is finally ready to lay old ghosts to rest.
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“The complexities of death, family, work -- even vacationing alone -- are distilled to their wry and perfectly absurd essence under Dan Tremaglio’s pen. There’s a wisdom in each character navigating their worlds, and in them we see all of our broken and smoldering bits reflected back—the bits we like to keep hidden or at best laugh off. There is genius here worth returning to again and again.”
—ASHLEY MORROW HERMSMEIER, author of Something Like the End
“Dan Tremaglio’s debut is a collection of dreams: blue meteorites, lettuce-eating dogs, meaningful eye contact while whale watching. Who knew we needed a book about bologna and xylophones and the fear of belly buttons. This unexpected, provocative work is a fresh take on the ordinary. A lyrical plunge into the beauty of being interminably human.”
—TOM GRIFFEN, author of With a Good Heart and Imagine the Sea