It's always exciting when we have a new book to announce around here, and this month's release is even more exciting because of the long germination period this novel has gone through; I'm happy to announce today the general release of Brooklyn author Leland Cheuk's The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong, which we've been tinkering with around here for something like an entire year or more now. As always, the book's synopsis can give you a better idea of its storyline than I can, so let me just paste it in below...
The Pongs are an American immigrant family that has seen it all. They helped build the transcontinental railroads of the Victorian Age. They were mistakenly interned with Japanese-Americans during World War II. They may even have co-invented the landmark video game that bears the family's last name. But despite all they've endured, each new generation's patriarch has had one thing in common: a penchant for degeneracy. Sulliver Pong was supposed to be the exception. Married and living in Copenhagen, he was supposed to have escaped his toxic hometown of Bordirtoun; and most importantly, its mayor, his father Saul. When Saul visits unannounced, he begins to draw his son back into his corrupt world of city politics and redevelopment schemes. Yoked to his feelings of guilt for his abused mother and his lust for a now-married adolescent crush, book-smart but life-dumb Sulliver finds himself running for mayor against his father--a decision that will carry hilarious and unfortunate consequences for all involved. A laugh-out-loud black comedy about a dysfunctional family that has endured almost every major injustice in Asian-American history, but can't endure each other, Leland Cheuk's irreverent debut is perfect for existing fans of Jonathan Franzen or the Coen Brothers.
In fact, this was one of the main reasons I signed this book in the first place, because it's got the witty, intelligent, yet dark tone of something like Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, a truly sophisticated adult novel that will be a real treat for anyone who appreciates smart MFA authors. As always, the electronic version of this book is being given away completely for free over at its web headquarters, simply in the attempt to drive up overall readers and resulting write-ups at Amazon and Goodreads; or you can order the sharp paperback edition (with a cover by special guest designer Coon Lam) by using the Paypal button below:
And speaking of Goodreads, don't forget this book's listing over there as well; if you're a fellow member of this "social network for book nerds" like I am, I'd like to strongly encourage you to add the book to your library there, and especially to post a few thoughts after you're done reading it. Word-of-mouth is far and away the number-one way we generate new customers around here, just like is the case with all basement presses with non-existent advertising budgets, so your mention of this book online can and does have a profound effect on how many copies we end up selling.
Live in Brooklyn, by the way? Leland and his fellow CCLaP authors Dan Falatko and Steven Garbas are doing a big live reading this coming Friday at the famous Pete's Candy Store there; check out the Facebook page for more. I hope you'll have a chance to check out the book a little later; but for now, just in case you need one more reason to pick up this smart, dark, funny novel, have a look at the ingenious "book trailer" that Leland's brother made for it, embedded below.