September’s Rumpus Book Club Selection


The Rumpus Book Club is closing out summer and welcoming the fall with advanced copies of Show Up, Look Good, our highly-anticipated September selection.

Written by Mark Wisniewski and published by Gival Press, this novel has been reaping in a ton of laudatory blurbs from veteran writers like Jonathan Lethem (who calls Wisniewski’s book, “riotously original”). The book’s not out until October, but excerpted portions have already appeared in The 1999 Pushcart Prize XXIII: Best of the Small Presses, Oasis, and The New England Review, to name just a few publications.

The book is set in post-9/11 New York City and the first line serves a dual purpose of intrigue-incitement and plot-outlining: “I know of a secret murder and I’ve loved a speechless man and sometimes I’d like to tell someone about how death and love have changed my life, but any of three thoughts give me pause.”

And finally, if you’ve got any Rumpus Book Club ambivalence preventing you from reaping some awesome small-press literary benefits (like getting an advanced copy of Show Up, Look Good, for example) here are some reasons that will aid you in your decision-making. For $25 a month, you get a book that has yet to be released—a book that comes with an online chat with the author and opportunities to review the book on the Rumpus.

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