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Building on his highly praised and nationally honored debut novel, The Sasquatch Murder (A Love Story), Jeffery Viles shifts gears to a fiction collection with something for everyone in PecuLIAR Fabrications.
An ordinary Joe finds himself assaulted by deer and wrestling a wrestler. A devoted brother turned hit man prowls the Oscars with a gun in his belt. A cuckolded former big-league pitcher flees to Paris and meets a heart-stopping beauty. A father injured in a car wreck takes solace in a letter written to himself decades earlier. Fake-news Christmas letters squeeze absurdity to hilarious levels, while intermittent "word pictures" give the reader reasons to pause and ponder.
PecuLIAR Fabrications is a one-of-a-kind book, both heartfelt and humorous, that readers will find a pleasure to digest.
Jeffery Viles is a former journalist and freelance writer who spent the last four decades as a serial entrepreneur. He founded, grew, and sold half a dozen different, successful businesses during those years. They covered a wide range: petroleum distribution, residential development and construction, a French bakery café, hotel ownership and commercial real estate development. His debut novel, The Sasquatch Murder (A Love Story), earned enthusiastic reviews and was a national finalist in two separate best-novel contests. He lives and works in Columbia, Missouri, where his partner, Rebekah, acts as his first responder and tolerates his habit of reading work aloud to test its rhythm.
"This book is a brilliant flight of imagination . . . Mr. Viles feeds the humor genre generously." - Readers' Favorite
"Indelible imagery . . . The book's comedy pièce de résistance is a series of four 'fake-news Christmas letters.' Ribbing the news-laden familial updates some people tuck into Christmas cards, the mock letters become increasingly more absurd and hilarious." - Kirkus
"PecuLIAR Fabrications anthologizes poems and stories that take risks in their forms. Keen and attentive . . . Satisfying." - Clarion/Foreword Reviews