Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country; it is celebrated on the first Monday in September. As part of the Labor Day celebrations, Dzanc would like to honor the skill with which a great writer can make any type of work into a wonderful read. We've placed the following titles – which recognize the talents of a diverse range of professions, including librarians, bookies, jockeys, detectives, fishermen, musicians, a maker of death row instruments, and a manager of a drive-through urinal – on sale this holiday weekend.
Each of these wonderful titles will be on sale for $10 (for print copies) and $3.99 (for ebook copies) this Friday, Sept. 4, through Wednesday, Sept. 9. All orders of print copies ordered this weekend will be shipped out Tuesday, September 8 – but their corresponding eBooks will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your order so you can begin reading immediately.
- The Sorrow Proper by Lindsey Drager (ebook)
This debut novel explores the hypothetical end of the public library system and a young theory in the hard sciences called Many Worlds, a branch of quantum mechanics that strives to prove mathematically that our lives do not follow a singular, linear path.
- Offerings From a Rust Belt Jockey by Andy Plattner (ebook)
Long-time jockey, Carl Arvo, and how decades in the saddle have taught him about all the things he can have and all the things he cannot. An unexpected turn of fortune gives him the chance to be with a woman, Christine Fleming, who in some ways is the person he’s been looking for his entire life.
- Not For Nothing by Stephen Graham Jones (ebook)
The town is Stanton, Texas, population three thousand; the private investigator is disgraced Midland homicide detective Nicholas Bruiseman, who's so down on his luck that he's forced to take a job as a live-in security guard for the town's lone storage facility. This is his new life—starting over with nothing in the town he grew up in.
- When Blackness Was a Virtue by Michael Grant Jaffe (ebook)
Michael Grant Jaffe captures the chaos of the protagonist's sudden downturn in his personal life, dealing with an ex-wife who makes his life miserable, and trying to keep his children happy in the midst of it all. He finds release for his frustrations through the violence of his bookie job as he tries to make sense of what happened to his life and hold onto his morality.
- Layman's Report by Eugene Marten (ebook)
Fred. An ordinary man. Repairs office copiers by day, works on his own inventions by night. Fred. Builds a better electric chair, patents a lethal injection machine, corners the capital punishment market. Fred. Looks for love, finds it in the arms of the Holocaust-denial movement—for better or for worse.
- The Cost of Living by Rob Roberge (ebook)
To the shock of lovers and rivals, indie guitarist Bud Barrett is finally—if tenuously—married, clean, and sober. Now he faces the challenge of staying that way.
- Flushboy by Stephen Graham Jones (ebook)
Over the course of one shift working the window of his father's drive-through urinal, our sixteen-year-old Flushboy will have to not only juggle gallons of warm pee and deal with the worst flood ever (it's not water), but he'll also have to fend off the urine mafia, solve the citywide mystery of Chickenstein, and win his girlfriend back.
- Bob, or Man on Boat by Peter Markus (ebook)
Fish, mud, night and river come to stand in place of family connections as fathers and sons, by giving themselves to fishing give themselves over to a lone search and to loss.