Roundabout Press

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

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Praise for Jaime Clarke’s
Vernon Downs

Named one of the most anticipated books of 2014The Millions

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.


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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….”

—Kirkus (Starred review)

Ryan’s collection triumphs as a spiritual and cerebral journey through oft-ignored parts of the human—and animal—psyche.”

—Publishers Weekly

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.”

—Amy Hempel

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.”

—Joe Meno

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Praise for Maria Flook’s
Mothers and Lovers

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.

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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.

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