March 3, 2014

And say hello to CCLaP's April release, Scott Abraham's "Turtle and Dam!"

Turtle and Dam, by Scott Abrahams

Today of course is mostly dedicated to the release of CCLaP's newest book, the story collection Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas, Vol. 1 by Fernando A. Flores; but we have another important announcement to make today too, which is that our next book after that, a really charming novel set in contemporary China called Turtle and Dam by Scott Abrahams, is now ready for pre-order at its own dedicated page, and that we're just now starting to send out advance reading copies to any reviewers or litbloggers who would be willing to post some thoughts about their experience online, in return for a free sneak preview copy of the book. As always, this book's synopsis does it more justice than I could off the top of my head, so let me just paste it in below...

Like millions of other only-child Chinese twenty-somethings, Turtle Chen is graduating college and vicariously desperate (via parental pressure) to find a job, though he would probably settle for a girlfriend. He speaks English. He studied abroad in America. Employers, ladies, what's not to love? With a bit of bravado and some hometown luck, this engineering grad lands himself an entry level position working for the state news agency; not that he particularly cares about politics or journalism, not that they particularly want him to. Through a class assignment, Turtle learns that his grandmother's village will soon be inundated to make way for a dam construction project. His parents tell him not to worry about it. His bosses tell him not to worry about it. He would be only too happy to oblige, and yet despite his best efforts not to care he finds himself on the front lines fighting bulldozers, next to what some villagers claim to be the ghost of Chairman Mao. There's bribery, corruption, computer games, and text messages imbued with uncertainty. Air pollution, censorship, and a job fair where students attack employers with paper basketballs. And it's all told through the eyes of a young man with impeccable English ('impeccable English,' that's correct, yes?), who's right there in the middle of it all. Welcome to the delightful world of "Turtle and Dam," the literary debut of Washington DC analyst Scott Abrahams.

This is an incredibly funny and insightful book, one that doesn't feel like it came from an American, and it's going to be just the ticket for those of you who enjoy learning something new about a far-flung section of the world at the same time you're enjoying an entertaining novel. Like I said, we're handing out free advance reading copies right now to litbloggers, Goodreads members, and anyone else who promises to post their thoughts about the book once they're done reading it; and for those who would simply like to purchase a paperback copy now, to be included in the first actual batch of copies that get mailed out in April, just go by its webpage at this point and order one as soon as you want. Oh, what a great line-up of books we have for you here at CCLaP this year, with this one being just one more fantastic example of the kinds of manuscripts that have been getting sent to us recently! And finally, if you just want to help us spread the word, please feel free to grab a copy of the teaser image we've released below (which will appear much bigger on your home computer once you download it), and to be posting it on a regular basis over the next six weeks at places like your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Word-of-mouth is far and away the number-one way we sell more books, so your mentions online to your friends can and do make a difference. Your help is much appreciated!

Teaser image, Scott Abraham's Turtle and Dam

Filed by Jason Pettus at 3:18 PM, March 3, 2014. Filed under: CCLaP Publishing | CCLaP news | Literature |