Maura Lynch’s review of Foamers

Originally posted on Justin Kassab:

Foamers Review

Click here for the full review of Foamers by Maura Lynch.

…Novelist Justin Kassab, age twenty-six, manages to analyze, define and take control of the fear of the apocalypse in his extraordinary and impressive debut FOAMERS.  This is the first in The Primal Age Chronicles series, a blend of science fiction, dystopian, adventure, and coming-of-age literature.  Kassab has created characters in which the reader invests quite a lot emotionally.  The book is most definitely a page-turner, and Kassab is masterful in determining when to accelerate the pace and when to rein it in. The taut plot keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire novel…

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Two Weeks Until Foamers Releases

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Foamers, the flagship E-First novel of Kaylie Jones Books, by Justin Kassab releases on March 25th.

Terminally diagnosed with Huntington’s disease as a child, Kade gave up on living a productive existence. He spent most of his time preparing for the Primal Age, even though he knew the end of the world wouldn’t happen in his shortened lifetime.

In Kade’s twenties, the United States is being ravaged by the Feline Flu. After the Flu hits pandemic levels, a vaccine is released to the public. Viewed as the last chance to stop the virus, over ninety percent of the population receives the vaccine within a single day.

The vaccine takes on a life of its own and deprives the recipients of their higher functions, leaving them with only their primal urges. These bloodthirsty monsters become known as foamers because of the red foam that forms around their mouths when they hunt.

As the world as he knows it descends into the Primal Age, Kade finds that he is not only useful, but is expected to lead other survivors. His group is constantly assaulted by foamers and a warmongering paramilitary unit. In an unrelenting fight for their lives, his group is forced to redefine humanity in a world without law.

Barbara J. Taylor Guest Posts at Reading the Past

Barbara J. Taylor Guest Posts at Reading the Past

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 01, 2014

The Billy Sunday Snowstorm, a guest post by novelist Barbara J. Taylor

Today is the 100th anniversary of the “Billy Sunday Snowstorm,” a significant event in the cultural history of Scranton, Pennsylvania and in the lives of the characters in Barbara J. Taylor’s forthcoming debut novel, Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night (Akashic/Kaylie Jones Books, July).  I’m excited to be able to kick off my Small Press Month celebration with Barbara’s beautifully written essay

Cover for Foamers, by Justin Kassab

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Foamers is Kaylie Jones Books flagship E-first novel, by Justin Kassab. Available March 25th.

“When a screwed-up flu vaccine mutates sixty percent of humanity into mindless beasts, ‘Trust your intelligence’ becomes the leitmotif of a group of survivors. Fast-moving, violent, and vividly imagined, Foamers creates a dangerous world made disquietingly believable.”

—David Poyer, author of Stepfather Bank and The Cruiser

Final Book Jacket for SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT by Barbara J. Taylor

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Here is the final cover for Barb Taylor‘s SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT. The second novel in our Kaylie Jones Books imprint. The quote at the top is too small to see on this thumbnail, but it is from the great Jay Parini, who grew up in the Scranton area:

“The world of Christian miners — the hard core of the anthracite mining industry in northeast Pennsylvania — is beautifully evoked by Barbara J. Taylor in this remarkable novel. I found myself drawn back to its pages, living deeply in its world as I read. The sense of place — a place I know well, as I grew up there — is vividly realized. This is a lyrical, passionate novel that will hold readers in its thrall. A first-rate debut.”

Jay Parini, author of THE LAST STATION

Interview with Laurie Loewenstein, Author of Unmentionables

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Unmentionables, by Laurie Loewenstein

Unmentionables is now available wherever books are sold!

How did Laurie Loewenstein’s debut novel come to be? What gave her the most trouble? What will the author work on next? Find out in this interview with the author, found on Akashic Books’ website and featured on Akashic Insider.

Unmentionables Receives STARRED Review from Library Journal!

Laurie Loewenstein’s debut novel Unmentionables, the inaugural novel in Akashic’s Kaylie Jones Books imprint, has received a starred review in the January 15th, 2014 issue of Library Journal! Read the full review below:

 ★ Loewenstein’s remarkable debut was selected as a Midwest Connections Pick for January and is the first book in a imprint from Akashic curated by award-winning author Kaylie Jones (Speak Now). In August 1917, Marian Elliot Adams, a fiercely independent advocate for women’s rights, is traveling with the “Chautauqua circuit,” promoting their message of “sensible undergarments for women.” When she takes to the stage on hot night in Caledonia, IL, her speech shocks the local residents, who are further disgusted when she falls from the stage and sprains her ankle, forcing her to stay in town for a week. One week turns into many, and Marian’s presence reveals Caledonia’s long-held but unspoken rules regarding women, African Americans, and social order. After befriending the town’s newspaper publisher, Deuce Garland, and his stepdaughter Helen, Marian begins to question her own motives and must contemplate continues her chosen life of a visitor always passing through, or being known in a small town.
VERDICT This immensely entertaining and illuminating book transports the reader back in time while confronting the timeless matters of courage, sacrifice, race, gender, love and death. Exceptionally readable and highly recommended.

Congratulations, Laurie!

Join Laurie, Kaylie, and the Akashic team for the Unmentionables and Kaylie Jones Books launch event at 7:00pm on Wednesday, January 22nd at Bluestockings Bookstore and Cafe (172 Allen Street, New York)!