Indie Lit Revisited by Nick Abrahamson

I’ve been contributing to the Reading Addict long enough now that it’s inevitable I’ll repeat myself from time to time.  I’ll retread over well worn territory as I know I’ve done, but hopefully I can offer a bit of luminescence in between the warmed leftovers.    I’ve championed indie literature in the past, as I hope I’ll continue to do in the future, for many reasons.  For one, it’s honest.  For every James Patterson, there’s a poor recent graduate, who before he earned a fiction fellowship banged away on the keyboard while sipping ramen noodles from a cup.  (This might be a romanticized, doctored image just a wee bit, but its my doctored image and I’ll keep it, thank you very much.)   For every Stephen King there are plenty of Joe Menos.  Plenty of Rivka Galchens.   An absurd number of Chad Harbachs.  Below are a couple of the newest that caught my eye.

Threats by Amelia Gray
David, a retired dentist in an unnamed town in Ohio, is pretty sure his wife, Franny, is dead. But he can't quite figure out what killed her or why she had to die. Disoriented by grief, David struggles to unravel these mysteries--which become increasingly baffling when he starts finding a series of elaborate and escalating threats hidden around his home.
 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work "draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction." Gone Girl 's toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

HHhH by Lauren Binet
Binet's captivating debut novel follows the lives of Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubis, the Slovak and the Czech responsible for the death of Reinhard Heydrich, the Butcher of Prague, one of the most feared men in Nazi Germany.
 

Office Girl by Joe Meno
...A sweetheart of a novel, complete with a hazy ending." --Kirkus Reviews "High on quirk and hipster cred." --Publishers Weekly (Pick of the Week) No one dies in Office Girl . Nobody talks about the international political situation. There is no mention of any economic collapse. Nothing takes place during a World War. Instead, this novel is about young people doing interesting things in the final moments of the last century. Odile is a lovely twenty-three-year-old art-school dropout, a minor vandal, and a hopeless dreamer. Jack is a twenty-five-year-old shirker who's most happy capturing the endless noises of the city on his out-of-date tape recorder. Together they decide to start their own art movement in defiance of a contemporary culture made dull by both the tedious and the obvious.

 

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