Smoke City

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Marvin Deitz has some serious problems. His mob-connected landlord is strong-arming him out of his storefront. His therapist has concerns about his stability. He’s compelled to volunteer at the local Children’s Hospital even though it breaks his heart every week. Oh, and he’s also the guilt-ridden reincarnation of Geoffroy Thérage, the French executioner who lit Joan of Arc’s pyre in 1431.
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Marvin Deitz has some serious problems. His mob-connected landlord is strong-arming him out of his storefront. His therapist has concerns about his stability. He’s compelled to volunteer at the local Children’s Hospital even though it breaks his heart every week.

Oh, and he’s also the guilt-ridden reincarnation of Geoffroy Thérage, the French executioner who lit Joan of Arc’s pyre in 1431. He’s just seen a woman on a Los Angeles talk show claiming to be Joan, and absolution seems closer than it’s ever been . . . but how will he find her?

When Marvin heads to Los Angeles to locate the woman who may or may not be Joan, he’s picked up hitchhiking by Mike Vale, a self-destructive alcoholic painter traveling to his ex-wife’s funeral. As they move through a California landscape populated with “smokes” (ghostly apparitions that’ve inexplicably begun appearing throughout the southwestern US), each seeks absolution in his own way.

Recent Press

  • Foreword Reviews (starred review) – “A brilliantly haunting tale of forgiveness and redemption even in the face of abject failure . . . Depravity and grace meet in a powerful, profound, and lavish banquet for the soul.”
  • Linda Hepworth, Nudge-Book Magazine – “[A] story about hope, about love and about the essential decency of people . . . hugely satisfying . . . the literary quality of Keith Rosson’s writing is truly remarkable and, at times, quite breathtakingly beautiful.” – Full Review
  • Kirkus Reviews – “A surreal road novel about misfits on a journey to Southern California … An offbeat, strangely satisfying adventure through a land full of (literal) ghosts.” – Full Review
  • Dianah Hughley, Bookseller, Powell’s (5 stars) – “Rosson’s talent is staggering, his craft is meticulous, and his story is one of the quirkiest, but most heartfelt I have ever read.” – Full Review
  • NWBookLovers.org – “Study the Executioner” – Full Article
  • Metaphors & Moonlight (4 stars) – “This was one of those books that called to me as soon as I read the blurb. And fortunately, this book was exactly what I was hoping it would be—strange, quirky, and offbeat, but also touching. The characters had depth and unique voices. The writing was rich.” – Full Review
  • TRL Reviews – “The way in which the different stories come together to form a cohesive and beautifully absurd plot keeps the reader turning page after page. This was by no means a mystery but I found myself in a state of delightful suspense during many parts of the book. ” – Full Review
  • Infinite Typewriters – “This book is mad. And I mean that in the best way. I don’t think I’ve read anything this imaginative or unpredictable in a long time.” – Full Review
  • JD Dehart Reading & Lit Resources – “Smoke City was a super cool read that worked for me in a fashion similar to JG Ballard (whose work I greatly enjoy).  It’s a blend of realism and fantasy that flows off the page quite nicely.” – Full Review

Upcoming Events

Jan 22

Keith Rosson | Smoke City Blog Tour

01/22/2018 - 02/09/2018
Feb 06

Keith Rosson | Smoke City Book Launch @ Broadway Books

02/06/2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST
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Author:
Genres: Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Speculative Fiction
Tag: Coming Soon
ASIN: 1946154164
ISBN: 9781946154163
Endorsements
“Riveting, ambitious, and incredibly well-crafted, Smoke City is unlike anything you’ve ever read or ever will read. Part ghost story, part journey, part apocalyptic thriller, Rosson has created a novel that is gloriously original, and echoes the work of many imaginative writers, from Kurt Vonnegut to Jonathan Lethem.”
– JOE MENO, author of Hairstyles of the Damned
“Smoke City kind of wrecked me, really, but in the best possible way. It’s a beautiful, heartfelt, resonant novel about all those things that mean to be human.”
– CRAIG DAVIDSON, author of Cataract City
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About the Author
Keith Rosson

Keith Rosson is the author of the novels The Mercy of the Tide (2017, Meerkat Press) and Smoke City (2018, Meerkat Press). His short fiction has appeared in Cream City Review, PANK, Redivider, December, and more. An advocate of both public libraries and non-ironic adulation of the cassette tape, he can be found at keithrosson.com.

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