We started out with Canadian sensation Ray Robertson’s Moody Food, the critically acclaimed rock’n'roll-suffused modern tragedy. Moody Food is a fictionalized saga of music, love and the power of revolution inspired by the life of the legendary singer-songwriter Gram Parsons. Next, we released The Fires, by NPR’s Alan Cheuse. Then came The Dangerous Joy of Dr. Sex & Other True Stories, a creative nonfiction collection from the ‘Queen of the Zines,’ Pagan Kennedy. That was followed by the release of the 20th Anniversary Edition of Richard Currey’s international bestseller, Fatal Light. There’s more to come.
On the day of his mother’s wedding, Brian’s father took him to see Star Wars. With his feet sticking to the ground, they snaked their way into the back row of the theater and Brian’s father handed his son the tub of popcorn, the butter leaking down the side and onto Brian’s fingers. There, as the daunting back story scrolled up the screen, Brian heard his dad sniffle. As the little rebel ship flew through space, pursued by the awesomely huge intergalactic star destroyer, Brian saw his father cover his eyes and lower his head.
He said he thought it would be easy. He’d been dying for such a long time. Twelve years to be exact. He remembered the day the doctor told him: a Wednesday.
The dusty yard feels cool, though the day has been unseasonably warm. On the far side of the rusted chain-link fence trots a dirty white dog, some mangy stray. Its shadow is long in the setting sun’s light. Its shaggy head sways from side to side as its nose travels the ground. Odessa watches it paw at a clump of wilting weeds and take something in its mouth. Chicken bones, probably. Uncle Daddy always tosses wings over the fence. It makes Mama angry when he does it, but he still does.