Paul Cohen – THE GLAMSHACK
Reluctant fashion journalist Henry Folsom is in love with Her, a deer-hued snake-taut beauty whose smile is an Event. The only problem is Her fiancé in New Orleans. And She’s going to see him for twelve days, while Henry smolders in The Glamshack, his borrowed Silicon Valley poolhouse and site of their months-long affair. Mesmerized by the American Indian wars, grasping for the divine as he relives this bloodied love, Henry must decide what it means to make his Last Stand. Nominated for a Pushcart Press Editor’s Book Award, The Glamshack is a lyrical, darkly humorous novel on the nature of love, divinity, the Plains Indian Wars, and the male gaze. A bold, accomplished work set at millennium’s end, the book echoes early prose masterpieces of Cormac McCarthy and Martin Amis, but is entirely Paul Cohen.
Paul Cohen’s fiction has been published in Tin House, Five Chapters and Eleven Eleven. He was a top-ten finalist in a Black Warrior Review Fiction Contest and his newest novel, THE SLEEPING INDIAN, was just named a finalist for the 2016 Big Moose Prize from Black Lawrence Press. His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Village Voice, Details, the Christian Science Monitor and others. He earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was awarded a teaching scholarship as well as the Prairie Lights Prize for Fiction, judged by Ethan Canin. He has taught writing at UC Berkeley Extension, the University of San Francisco MFA program and the University of Iowa, and has guest lectured at California College of the Arts. He lives in Boulder, Colorado. You can find even more about him at www.paulcohenfiction.com.
“There is a powerful, innate tension in (Cohen’s) writing which comes not only from his voice but from his particular way of looking at things, an unusual way, and in art—in fiction—the only real worlds are likely to be the unusual.”
“(THE GLAMSHACK) is that exceptionally rare, uncategorizable novel that not only finds its greatest achievements in its singularity, but also serves as a reminder of how very familiar and commonly un-daring contemporary fiction is in general.”
Josh Kendall, Executive Editor, Little Brown
Poignant, sharp writing infused with flashes of brutal humor. Paul Cohen’s The Glamshack cuts to the quandary we all endure: the burden of desire. With a voice distinct and resonating, Cohen cast a sober eye on life and longing, love and failure. He personalizes a universal plight and casts a searing spotlight on the fact that we are all uniquely un-unique—that, in the end, we all share the same fate.
Douglas Light, author of Where Night Stops and Blood Stories
Available June 15, 2017 from 7.13 Books.