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Featured Literary Fiction Titles

Adios Muchachos

Adios Muchachos

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More Cuban noir from Akashic! (Following the success of Outcast by José Latour—nominated for Edgar, Anthony and Firecracker awards.)

The Age of Dreaming

The Age of Dreaming

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The Age of Dreaming explores the history of Los Angeles, the heady beginnings of the movie industry, and the interplay of race and celebrity.

Alice Fantastic

Alice Fantastic

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Estep’s best novel to date explores with deep wit and insight how a shocking family secret impacts the lives of an eccentric mother and her two daughters.

American Visa

American Visa

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Bolivia’s #1 novel is finally translated into English. Translated by Adrian Althoff, with an afterword by Ilan Stavans.

Andean Express

Andean Express

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Bolivia’s preeminent fiction writer eclipses the successful English translation of American Visa with a riveting murder mystery. Translated by Adrian Althoff.

Better

Better

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A riveting and sexually charged posthumous novel from the author of Leaving Las Vegas.

Bicycle

Bicycle

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The latest release from Hotel St. George Press, following The Session and The Musical Illusionist.

Boundaries

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A powerful immigrant story of family, love, assimilation, and a provocative look inside the contemporary book business.

The Boy Detective Fails

The Boy Detective Fails

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Following the best seller Hairstyles of the Damned (more than 100,000 copies sold) with a spectacular coming-of-age-30 tale, Joe Meno proves once again why he’s the hottest indie author in America. Also check out Office Girl, Demons in the Spring, How the Hula Girl Sings, and Tender as Hellfire.

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Boy Genius

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Selected for the 2002 Kiriyama Prize Notable Books List & selected as a finalist for an Asian American Literary Award.

Cerventes Street

Cervantes Street

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A mesmerizing fictional account of the life of Miguel de Cervantes and the controversial anonymous “sequel” to Don Quixote.

Cityside

Cityside

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Once one of New York’s most respected investigative reporters, Pulitzer Prize nominee Heffernan takes readers behind the scenes at a major New York newspaper.

The Cocaine Chronicles

The Cocaine Chronicles

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The best fiction anthology of cocaine-themed tales to blow through in years, featuring all-new stories from Susan Straight, Lee Child, Jerry Stahl, Ken Bruen, Laura Lippman, Bill Moody, Nina Revoyr, and many more.

Curse the Names

Curse the Names

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Robert Arellano, author of the Edgar-nominated crime novel Havana Lunar, returns with another spine-tingling noir from Akashic Books.

Demons in the Spring

Demons in the Spring

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New paperback edition; twenty artists illustrate twenty stories from the best-selling author of Hairstyles of the Damned.

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Devil’s Midnight

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Kapralov depicts the desperate struggles of his characters—Yuri’s stubborn military resistance, Nata’s fanatical commitment to guard the mysterious powers of a sacred meteorite, and Alexey’s struggles simply to survive—with a perfect balance of intensity and nonchalance.

The Dewey Decimal System

The Dewey Decimal System

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Debut novelist Larson presents the first book in a literary-noir series featuring an obsessive-compulsive protagonist in a ravaged New York City.

Dog War

Dog War

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The highly anticipated new novel and debut US publication from the legendary Jamaican author of The Lunatic and The Duppy.

Don Dimaio of La Plata

Don Dimaio of La Plata

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Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the modern novel, Akashic Books publishes a Don Quixote for the era of graft: racketeering politicians, stolen elections, and total-bullshit recalls!

The Duppy

The Duppy

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Oddball sexuality, acts of perversion, and out-of-order behavior from the acclaimed Jamaican author of The Lunatic and Dog War.

How funny is this social satire? Akashic Books’s pledge to our readers: Laugh out loud at least once or your money back. Seriously.

The Failure

The Failure

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California Book Award–winner Greer presents a hilarious and immaculately written story set in LA, exploring the inevitability of failure.

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Firewater

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Life is teetering on the edge of the apocalypse in and around the tiny Washington State coastal community that occupies the center of Firewater, a posthumously released, brutally funny environmental suspense novel.

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Foamers

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The first book in the Primal Age Chronicles, a debut series from Justin Kassab and Kaylie Jones Books.

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Game World

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Launching Akashic’s new Black Sheep YA imprint, an adventure novel in a video game turned reality, with giant spiders, malevolent hummingbirds, a not-quite-yellow-brick road, and preteen children learning how to be heroes!

Glorious

Glorious

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Award-winning novelist Bernice L. McFadden’s highly anticipated new historical novel set amidst the Harlem Renaissance.

God Carlos

God Carlos

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A provocative and persuasive historical novel exploring the Spanish brutality against native Indians in early 16th-century Jamaica.

Grab Bag

Grab Bag

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Cult novelist Dennis Cooper launches the third title of Little House on the Bowery, the Akashic series he is editing and promoting.

Hairstyles of the Damned

Hairstyles of the Damned

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The debut novel from Akashic’s new imprint, Punk Planet Books. Also check out the smash hits How the Hula Girl Sings, Tender as Hellfire, and The Boy Detective Fails.

Headless

Headless

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The third installment in cult novelist Dennis Cooper’s groundbreaking Little House on the Bowery series.

Hell's Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen

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Armstead Maupin meets Carl Hiaasen in a brilliant black comedy that traces the paths of disparate characters floating through New York, about to collide in a treacherous story that will make you think twice about ever answering a classified ad.

Heroin Chronicles

The Heroin Chronicles

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The latest entry in the Akashic Drug Chronicles Series. Heroin has long been understood as the most “literary” of narcotics, and this collection will, for better and worse, have tremendous pop cultural appeal.

Hidden Place

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Shiflett’s suspenseful and provocative literary debut, set in Chicago and Puerto Escondido, a small Mexican beach town 150 miles south of Acapulco.

How the Hula Girl Sings

How the Hula Girl Sings

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Paperback reissue of the second novel from the author of the smash hits Hairstyles of the Damned, Tender as Hellfire, and The Boy Detective Fails

The Hungered One

The Hungered One

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Akashic launches an African American–focused reprint series with this classic story collection.

Jonah Sees Ghosts

Jonah Sees Ghosts

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Jonah Sees Ghosts is a shocking, touching, and humorous first novel that blends magical realism with a figurative study of how alcohol abuse shapes the personalities within a family.

Kamikaze Lust

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Kamikaze Lust takes the reader on an electrifying ride through the spectacle of life and death in millennial America.

Las Cucarachas

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Award-winning author Yongsoo Park presents a powerful coming-of-age story of a young boy on the edges of New York City.

Like Son

Like Son

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A post-punk story of outsiders, family, inherited drama, and love set in downtown New York, Los Angeles, and Mexico City.

Limbo

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An African American man confronts a heart of darkness when his family moves from Los Angeles to a small town in Norway.

Makeda

Makeda

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The debut title from Akashic’s Open Lens imprint: a universal tale of family, heritage, and the ties that bind, from the nationally best-selling author Randall Robinson.

The Mercury Fountain

The Mercury Fountain

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An enchanting first novel exploring a fractured utopian community on the Texas/Mexico border at the turn of the twentieth century.

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Mr. Loverman

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A groundbreaking, hilarious novel about two elder gay Caribbean men coming to terms with being closeted in a changing world.

The Names of Rivers

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A tightly crafted search for redemption and forgiveness within the shadows of a family’s military past, by the author of Water in Darkness.

Office Girl

Office Girl

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Best-selling novelist Joe Meno is back with a fantastic new novel about two young people and a visionary, doomed art movement.

RovingTree

The Roving Tree

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A powerful debut novel illuminating how adoptees struggle to recapture their personal histories and cultural legacy, part of Akashic’s Open Lens imprint.

Ruins

Ruins

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A true believer is faced with a choice between love for his family and the Cuban Revolution.

The Show that Smells

The Show that Smells

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Derek McCormack’s most compelling work yet is his second selection in Dennis Cooper’s groundbreaking Little House on the Bowery fiction series.

Since You Ask

Since You Ask

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Since You Ask is about the origins of sexual compulsion, and one young woman’s attempts to be free.

Some of the Parts

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The novel that’s changing the way we define “family.” The Osbournes, Sopranos, and Eminem are only “some of the parts” that make up the whole story of the new American family.

Song for Night

Song for Night

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Chris Abani’s new novella furthers his reputation as the most acclaimed young African writer today.

Southland

Southland

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Nina Revoyr brings us a compelling story of race, love, murder, and history against the backdrop of Los Angeles.

Synthetic Bi Products

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Sparrow L. Patterson’s debut novel follows a nineteen-year-old bisexual girl on her whirlwind journey of sexual escapades, drug-induced hallucinations, shoplifting sprees, and other criminal behavior.

Tender as Hellfire

Tender as Hellfire

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Paperback reissue of the debut novel by the author of the best sellers The Boy Detective Fails, How the Hula Girl Sings and Hairstyles of the Damned (more than 70,000 copies sold).

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Unmentionables

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A powerful debut historical novel to launch a new imprint, Kaylie Jones Books, curated by acclaimed author Kaylie Jones.

Victims

Victims

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Based on extensive research into the rhetoric of religious cults, Victims is a novel about the final days of a religious cult called The Overcomers.

The Warmest December

The Warmest December

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The long-awaited reissue of McFadden’s best-selling second novel praised by Toni Morrison, USA Today, Washington Post, and others—published simultaneously with McFadden’s new novel Gathering of Waters.

Wide Eyed

Wide Eyed

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Part of Dennis Cooper’s Little House on the Bowery series, this collection of stories is told by a woman compelled to divulge her secrets, fantasies, and obsessions.

Wingshooters

Wingshooters

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Revoyr’s novel examines the effects of change on a small, isolated town, the strengths and limits of community, and the sometimes conflicting loyalties of family and justice.

You Must Be This Happy to Enter

You Must Be This Happy to Enter

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Denial, God, dystopia, academic, and reality TV collide in acclaimed author Crane’s third story collection from Punk Planet Books, the imprint that launched indie smash hit Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno.

Forthcoming Titles

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Black Lotus

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Forthcoming: 5/27/14

Finding the Black Lotus murderer is Detective Wolf’s chance to avoid an Internal Affairs investigation. That’s when things get personal.

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Swing

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Forthcoming: 5/27/14

An erotic drama about four sexy couples and one swingers’ club where their fantasies and nightmares collide.

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The White House

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Forthcoming: 5/27/14

One house . . . one robbery . . . one mistake . . . sexual intrigue and violence intermingle in this tense urban thriller.

Pills and Starships

Pills and Starships

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Forthcoming: 6/3/14

Millet’s first YA novel explores a world devastated by global warming, and two teenagers determined to survive against all odds.

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Drifting

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Forthcoming: 7/1/14

This mesmerizing, lyrical debut explores the lives of Haitian families aspiring to escape hardship and an earthquake’s devastation.

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The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.

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Forthcoming: 10/7/14

Part murder mystery and part family saga, this dramatic and often hilarious novel explores the history of Los Angeles’ Iranian Jewish community.

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Tehran at Twilight

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Forthcoming: 10/7/14

Friendship, betrayal, and international intrigue populate this brilliant novel in the tradition of Graham Greene and John le Carré.

LoveBook

The Love Book

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Forthcoming: 1/6/15

An anti–romantic comedy about the misadventures of four women who meet on a singles’ bike trip.

LovingDonovan

Loving Donovan

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Forthcoming: 2/3/15

A long-awaited reissue of this deeply thoughtful novel about hope, forgiveness, and the cost of loving Donovan, a complex man with a shattered history.

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