Aqueous Books Announces New Book Release, “Float” by Nate House
The novel was recently reviewed by "Publisher’s Weekly" who said:
“In this gorgeous debut, everything--physical and metaphysical--is a metaphor: the sea, the desert, thirst, motion, and stillness. A man wakes up in an island hospital after surviving a trans-Atlantic sailing accident and 18 days alone on a life raft. He tells the authorities that a whale bumped into his 36-foot sailboat and that his wife went down with the ship, hands gripping the wheel. A reporter who grew up in a family of modest means and immodest acts, his father a drunk who abused his mother, the protagonist is haunted by the ghost of his wife, who appears in flashbacks as a beautiful, monstrous, snobbish nag. The stress of everyday life seems like it would kill them both, since they were only happy together when they were on the boat. When the man is released from the hospital, he flees, possibly away from the truth, but mostly from himself. As much prose poem as novel, this is a melodious, eerie wisp of a book.”
About the Novel:
"Float" details the horrific adventures of a man and woman who leave the coast on a thirty-five foot sailboat in order to save their decaying marriage. The man arrives one month later, alone, on the shore of an equatorial country in a life raft. Island officials and an incompetent American Consulate question the man as to what happened to his wife at sea. The man attempts to convince them, and himself, that what happened in the very heart of the doldrums was an accident. In the process he explores the torment of stillness, both at sea and on land. Later, even in a desolate setting, he cannot escape the ghost of his wife, who continues to haunt him.
About the Author:
Nate House’s short fiction has appeared in "Sentenia", "Armchair Shotgun", "The Pebble Lake Review", "Carve", "Methree", "Philadelphia Stories", and "Troika". His non-fiction has appeared in "The Rambler", "Roadbike Magazine", and "Chesapeake Bay Magazine". Columns and features have been published in The "Philadelphia Inquirer", "The Chicago Tribune", "The Boston Globe", "The Philadelphia Weekly", and "The Philadelphia Metro". After graduating from Temple University’s School of Communication and Theater Mr. House worked as a crime and courts reporter for "The Philadelphia Tribune". He then attended Temple University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program, where his novel "Float" won the Frances Israel award for fiction. He has taught Creative Writing, Literature, Composition, and Journalism classes at Temple University and Cumberland County College. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Community College of Philadelphia.
Aqueous Books is a Florida-based publisher. Staff include "Prick of the Spindle" Editor-in-Chief Cynthia Reeser as Publisher, Editor Sean Henderson, Scott Jemison as Publicist, and a cast of readers in the Acquisitions Department. Visit Aqueous Books on the web at http://www.aqueousbooks.com. Upcoming titles include works of literary fiction, memoirs, magical realism, and speculative fiction. Look for forthcoming publications by Carissa Halston, Barrett Hathcock, Rosalie Morales Kearns, Ben Rogers, Caleb J. Ross, Traci Chee, and others. For additional information on this book or other Aqueous titles, follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aqueous_books and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/aqueousbooks.
P.O. Box 12784
Pensacola, FL 32591
Cynthia Reeser, Publisher
Scott Jemison, Publicist
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