My old friend Trav (I guess I should say D. Travers Scott to convey the authorial gravitas) has a new book coming out. If One Of These Things is Not Like the Other is anything like his previous book, Execution, Texas 1987, it will be dark, sexy, and erudite.
His publisher describes it thusly:
One of These Things deals with similar themes as Execution — family, masculinity, identity, faith — but in a more fantastical narrative. An alternate timeline whose technological advancements are just out of step with our own.
A set of quadruplet brothers are raised in rural isolation by their older, but also identical, father. All share the same name.
Now in their 20s, the sons are shocked by their father’s unexpected suicide — and his claim that one of the brothers is not their brother. He is not family. He is an unrelated outsider.
From different corners of the U.S. they converge on Gravesend, NJ, to meet the woman who may have answers. Maybe more answers than the men want.
Suicide, homicide, fratricide, incest — it’s a love story. And a page turner. With very dark humor. Hell, it’s better than Cirque de Soleil.
David Lynch meets Neil Bartlett? A Tennessee Williams-penned Twilight Zone episode with a Magnetic Fields soundtrack? Clive Barker meets Brazil meets Fight Club? David Cronenberg directs a queer Ordinary People?
Actually, Scott calls it his “twisted take on Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises: a satire on American Manifest Destiny and the cult of masculine individualism, disguised as a thriller.”
So color me intrigued! There is more info on the book here, and Trav is also blogging the whole process of promoting it.
Trav has a few readings coming up in Seattle as part of a fairly substantial book tour. We will be hitting the Bailey Coy reading but catch whichever you can. You won’t regret it!
Thursday, June 16, 7:00 pm
Double bill with Francisco IbÃ¡Ã±ez-Carrasco (Killing Me Softly)
Bailey/Coy Books, 414 Broadway Ave. E.
Afterparty at The Bus Stop, 508 E. Pine
Tuesday, June 21, 8:30 pm
Seattle Spit Pride readings with Rebecca Brown, Adrian Ryan, and T. Morgan, PLUS erotic writing contest and open mic
The Wildrose, 1021 E. Pike
Tuesday, June 21, 9:30 PM
Get Lit! readings series kickoff with Kurt B. Reighley, It’s Mark Mitchell, Hannah Levin, Derek Pappas, Steve Wieking, Dan Dembeziak, Christopher Frizzelle, Ian Sherman, and Gary Zinter.
The Bus Stop, 508 E. Pine