My satire/dystoptian/kitchen sink novel SWALLOWING A DONKEY’S EYE, due to be published as a trade paperback by CZP in August, has a final cover. And this is that cover!
Dig it. Cue jacket copy:
Join Farm today! It’s only six years of your life. . . .
Farm is the mega-conglomerate food supplier for City, populated with rabidly bureaucratic superiors, antagonistic and sexually deviant tour guides dressed in chicken and duck suits, and farm animals illegally engineered for silence. City is sprawling, technocratic, and rests hundreds of feet above the coastline on the creaking shoulders of a giant wooden pier.
When the narrator’s single mother, whom he left behind in City, falls out of contact, he fears the worst: his mother is homeless and subsequently to be deported under City to the Pier. On his desperate search to find his mother, he encounters ecoterrorists wearing plush animal suits, an election hangs in the balance as the City’s all-powerful Mayor is infatuated with magic refrigerators and outlaw campaigns, and he’s reunited with a wise-cracking, over-sexed priest who may or may not have ESP, but who is most certainly his deadbeat dad.
Whether rebelling against the regimented and ridiculous nature of Farm life, exploring the all-too-familiar and consumer-obsessed world of City, experiencing the all-too-real suffering of the homeless in Pier, or confronting the secrets of his own childhood, Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye’s narrator is a hilarious, neurotic, and rage-filled Quixote searching for his mother, his own dignity, and the meaning of humanity.
Cemetery Dance is now taking preorders for the limited hardcover version. Extras include a stunning full cover frontspiece bythe wonderful Susanne Apgar. I will also be including my novella City Pier in the limited ed. That’s a lot of Farm, City, and Pier in one book folks!