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News & Features » December 2015 » HOLIDAY SALE: Joe Meno!


Happy holidays from Akashic Books! Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Right now and for the rest of the year, the ENTIRE Akashic catalog is available for 50 percent off when ordered directly through our website! (*See below for exclusions.) Use the code HOLIDAY15 at checkout. This promotion ends at 11:59 PM on Sunday, January 3rd, 2016.

Not sure where to start? Check out Marvel and a Wonder, the latest novel from best-selling author Joe MenoMarvel and a Wonder is a darkly mesmerizing epic and literary page-turner set at the end of the twentieth century. In summer 1995, Jim Falls, a Korean War vet, struggles to raise his sixteen-year-old grandson, Quentin, on a farm in southern Indiana. In July, they receive a mysterious gift—a beautiful quarter horse—which upends the balance of their difficult lives. The horse’s appearance catches the attention of a pair of troubled, meth-dealing brothers and, after a violent altercation, the horse is stolen and sold. Grandfather and grandson must travel the landscape of the bleak heartland to reclaim the animal and to confront the ruthless party that has taken possession of it. Along the way, both will be forced to face the misperceptions and tragedies of their past.

Also check out our other featured items:

What Is Punk? by Eric Morse and Anny Yi
Simon’s Cat Off to the Vet . . . and Other Cat-astrophes by Simon Tofield
Censorship Now!! by Ian F. Svenonius
Seriously, You Have to Eat by Adam Mansbach and Owen Brozman
Nina Revoyr Three Book Set
The Bernice L. McFadden Collection


PRAISE FOR Marvel and a Wonder by Joe Meno

Longlisted for the American Library Association’s 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

“Compelling and necessary. . . . [Meno] has a knack for giving small happenings emotional weight. . . . Meno knows how to make you love his characters, want what they want. But don’t think he’s going to let things turn out well for them. Marvels and wonders aren’t worth the trouble. Fortunately, this book is.”
—New York Times Book Review

“[A] rugged page-turner. . . . There’s a bit of the country noir of Daniel Woodrell’sWinter’s Bone in the stark atmosphere Mr. Meno evokes (A faded town, fading, harried with dusty light, midafternoon), and a bit of the Clint Eastwood movie Gran Torino in the story of the vigilante grandfather. But the writing is propulsive enough to make you forget its influences. And at moments the book’s consuming darkness is lifted by potent, if inscrutable visions of the talismanic horse—a flash of lightning curving along the horizon.”
—Wall Street Journal

 *Also check out our Joe Meno Four Book Set, featuring Hairstyles of the DamnedOffice GirlHow the Hula Girl Sings, and Tender as Hellfire together for only $25! (Please note that this bundled set is excluded from the holiday promo code.)


Posted: Dec 9, 2015

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