Roundabout Press was founded with the purpose of publishing new American fiction. We endeavor to provide a forum to literary artists that is free from corporate or conglomerate concerns. We are committed to the printed book as an art form, with design and printing standards of the highest quality (although we also offer electronic and audio formats).
New and Forthcoming Titles:
Praise for Kevin Dowd’s
The Fourth of July
The Fourth of July reminded me of such gin-soaked comic classics as A Confederacy of Dunces and The Ginger Man. Dowd’s hero, Jack Smith, joins the rank of those lovable rogues, a man who spends his summer tippling into all sorts of trouble with only the best intentions. I laughed out loud.
— Rand Richards Cooper,
author The Last To Go
Praise for Jaime Clarke’s
Jaime Clarke’s tautly suspenseful novel is a cautionary tale for writers and readers alike—after finishing it, you may start to think that J.D. Salinger had the right idea after all.
— Tom Perrotta, author of Election,
Little Children, and The Leftovers
Moving and edgy in just the right way. Love (or lack of) and Family (or lack of) is at the heart of this wonderfully obsessive novel.
- Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad
True Love Story
Here’s a meta-mind trip for you: Bret Easton Ellis, author of the celebrity-obsessed tomes Glamorama and American Psycho, is now the subject of a novel himself. Pop your Xanax, people. The plot: a young writer crazily obsesses about [a] celebrity novelist. Woah.
Praise for David Ryan’s
Animals in Motion
A debut collection of stories—one of the best in recent memory—that finds psychological acuity within characters who are unreflective or even impenetrable. Ryan has plainly been honing his craft, because the 13 tales here are the work of a writer who knows exactly what he’s doing—and challenges the reader to figure out how he’s doing it….”
Ryan’s collection triumphs as a spiritual and cerebral journey through oft-ignored parts of the human—and animal—psyche.”
There is not a word wasted in this powerful debut collection. I think that David Ryan has set a course that will influence many other writers, anyone who values language that is taut and precise, characters whose response to their ruin is, in effect, ‘Bring it on,’ and important concerns that claim a reader’s attention in the most persuasive ways possible.”
David Ryan’s collection ANIMALS IN MOTION is whip-smart and stunning. Stark, lyrical, and unsettling, these stories resonate with the grit of Denis Johnson and Raymond Carver and help us imagine new possibilities for the short story form.”
Best-selling author Maria Flook’s edgy new saga, Mothers and Lovers (Roundabout Press), is set in Rhode Island’s gentrifying South County and spiked with lyrically erotic overtones. Newly settled professor April O’Rourke’s relationship with her next-door neighbor’s troubled teenage son blooms beyond their wildest dreams in this daring tale of temptation and taboo.”
Sexual tensions compound with sexual secrets until they burst open.”
Flook is drawn to stories about people who have boundary issues. She has the ability to capture the thrill of flouting taboos and also the compassion to reserve judgment about people who give in to foolishness. A disquieting story.”
MOTHERS AND LOVERS is expert on the way in which we know better but still find ourselves tumbling into shameful entanglements and foolish behavior, all in the name of those intensities that allow us to connect more fully to passion, and to dismantle and reassemble our lives.”
—Jim Shepard, author of YOU THINK THAT’S BAD and PROJECT X
MOTHERS AND LOVERS is an incendiary exploration of the stormy chemistry that emerges when the lives of strangers intersect. April O’Rourke is a haunting, haunted heroine. I would follow her and this devastating, deeply humane novel, anywhere.”
—Laura van den Berg, author of THE ISLE OF YOUTH.
MOTHERS AND LOVERS explores those currents of transgressive sexuality that lie beneath ordinary life, and the dangerous shifting of roles and identities that results when those currents are loosed. By turns witty, suspenseful, and erotic, this is first-rate storytelling.”
—Jean Thompson, author of THE HUMANITY PROJECT and
National Book Award Finalist for WHO DO YOU LOVE.
Maria Flook casts her ever-discerning eye over the interior life of America today. Flook loves her characters with an unrelenting compassion, and bravely dares her readers not to. The dare succeeds, and drives the novel home.
—James Carroll, National Book Award Winner
and author of WARBURG IN ROME.
“Jaime Clarke’s World Gone Water is so fresh and daring, a necessary book, a barbaric yawp that revels in its taboo: the sexual and emotional desires of today’s hetero young man. Clarke is a sure and sensitive writer, his lines are clean and carry us right to the tender heart of his lovelorn hero, Charlie Martens. This is the book Hemingway and Kerouac would want to read. It’s the sort of honesty in this climate that many of us aren’t brave enough to write.”
—Tony D’Souza, author of The Konkans.
“This unsettling novel ponders human morality and sexuality, and the murky interplay between the two. Charlie Martens is a compelling antihero with a voice that can turn on a dime, from shrugging naiveté to chilling frankness. World Gone Water is a candid, often startling portrait of an unconventional life.”
— J. Robert Lennon, author of Familiar
“Funny and surprising, World Gone Water is terrific fun to read and, as a spectacle of bad behavior, pretty terrifying to contemplate.”
—Adrienne Miller, author of The Coast of Akron
“Charlie Martens is my favorite kind of narrator, an obsessive yearner whose commitment to his worldview is so overwhelming that the distance between his words and the reader’s usual thinking gets clouded fast. World Gone Water will draw you in, make you complicit, and finally leave you both discomfited and thrilled.”
—Matt Bell, author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods
“Charlie Martens will make you laugh. More, he’ll offend and shock you while making you laugh. Even trickier: he’ll somehow make you like him, root for him, despite yourself and despite him. This novel travels into the dark heart of male/female relations and yet there is tenderness, humanity, hope. Jaime Clarke rides what is a terribly fine line between hero and antihero. Read and be astounded.”
—Amy Grace Loyd, author of The Affairs of Others
This collection of linked stories follows the curses of a father, visited upon the Nash family over the course of three generations, spanning the 1960’s to the present. In rich, moving episodes, readers engage the lives of stunned-straight racists, scarred veterans, doomed lovers, would-be assassins, gun-toting grandmothers, nascent female crime-bosses, ambivalent mourners, big-time drug-running, and bewildered survivors trying to make sense of it all. This is not a family—it’s a world; this is not a book—it’s an indictment; these words are not written—they’re howled.