Release Date: May 15, 2012
eBook Price: $7.99
Eleven stories told from the depths of anger, lust, and the confusion of doing the right things at the wrong times.
Michael Missing, the name of eleven different young men in various states of unrest, is the linked but unrelated protagonist of these wry and angry tales; a hit man, the cabin boy of 19th century French pirate Jean Lafitte, erstwhile baseball hero and the man who would be President of France, a frustrated salesman who loses an evening with Captain Kirk in the unrequited hope of laying the town slut of Scarsdale.
Readers will shudder as, to their dismay, they recognize themselves, or at least part of themselves, in the naive and angry young man who sincerely wishes things were different, and who regrets he has never overheard someone say, "Michael is a real good guy."
A criminally funny and perceptive literary debut.
"Beneath the violence are wise and wryly funny tales of survival. For some readers, the beauty of such images as "I wanted to stifle my old girlfriend to death with the thick yarn of my voice," will not mitigate lurid rapes and murders. But they may, at least, promote interest in this New York City-born author's next move." —Sara Nelson, People Magazine
"I am astonished by this first work of fiction; Missing, we discover, uses words as weapons of survival." —Irving Malin, The Review of Contemporary Fiction
"Hickins is no moralist. He merely presents to us in fiction the unprovoked, unfocused wrath we increasingly encounter in everyday life." —Rex Roberts, Columbia: The Magazine of Columbia University
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Hickins is the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection, The Actual Adventures of Michael Missing (Alfred A. Knopf, 1991, iUniverse 2000). His own subsequent adventures include helping his wife run an American eatery in La Rochelle, France, and becoming an editor at The Wall Street Journal. His writing includes an essay on foot fetishism in Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex (Bloomsbury, 2009) and the novel Blomqvist (iUniverse, 2007). Excerpts from The What Do You Know Contest have previously been published in semi-obscure literary magazines, MonkeyBicycle, issue #8, and Sententia 3 (Fall 2011). An excerpt of Blomqvist has also appeared in New Dead Families. Hickins lives with his family in New York City.