April 14, 2014

Announcing the release of Scott Abraham's "Turtle and Dam!"

Turtle and Dam, by Scott Abrahams

Hooray! Time for another official release of a CCLaP book to the general public, for your downloading and ordering pleasure! This time it's the really charming and insightful comedy about contemporary China, Turtle and Dam by Washington DC analyst Scott Abrahams; a book we've been working on for about half a year now, I'm delighted that this is finally out for wide public release, and I'm convinced that you will be as won over by this as we were when it first came in. As always, the official synopsis does the book more justice than I could off the top of my head right this moment, 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.

As always, the ebook version of this novel is completely free if you so choose (technically 'pay what you want,' although the vast majority of you choose the free version), in PDF editions for both American laserprinters (8.5 x 11) and European (A4), as well as an EPUB for most types of mobile devices, and a MOBI file specifically and only for Amazon Kindles; and for the third time so far this year, I'm happy to say that this is also available as a 200-page trade paperback book with full-color covers, for just $14.99 plus shipping. (And coming later this year, a deluxe handmade hardback edition, featuring high-end material such as cotton pages and a faux-leather spine, for the special price of $49.99.) And don't forget, there's a Goodreads page for this book too, so if you're a member over there like I am, I highly encourage you to add it to your library there and especially to post a few words about it. Word-of-mouth is easily the number-one way that we generate new customers and readers, so your kind thoughts at Goodreads and Amazon really make a profound difference in how many copies our books sell. There will be more to announce about Turtle and Dam as the weeks continue, including details about the coming release party in Washington DC; but for now, I hope you'll have a chance to stop by its web headquarters and procure a copy yourself, and see why this is not only a highly entertaining story about career versus family, but an incredibly astute look at the young generation in China right now, being turned by the tens of millions from rural youths into suburban white-collar office workers.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 11:44 AM, April 14, 2014. Filed under: CCLaP Publishing | CCLaP news | Literature |