King of Joy (Paperback)

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Named a Writer to Watch by the Los Angeles Times, Richard Chiem brings readers a novel that is equal parts sledgehammer and sweet song--a neon, pulsing portrait of grief, and an electrifying story of one woman's survival against all odds.

Corvus has always had an overactive imagination. Growing up, she develops a unique coping mechanism: she can imagine herself out of any situation, no matter how terrible. To get through each day, Corvus escapes into scenes from fantasy novels, pop songs, and action/adventure movies, and survives by turning the everyday into just another role to play in the movie of her life.

After a tragic loss, Corvus finds a sadness so great she cannot imagine it away. Instead, she finds Tim, a pornographer with unconventional methods, who offers her a new way to escape into movies. But when a sinister plot of greed and betrayal is revealed, Corvus must fight to reclaim her independence, and discovers she is stronger than even she could have imagined.

About the Author

Richard Chiem is the author of ​You Private Person, which was named one of Publishers Weekly​’s 10 Essential Books of the American West. His work has been published in ​City Arts, ​Vol. 1 Brooklyn​, ​Fanzine​, ​3:AM Magazine​, and ​Moss​, among many other venues. He has taught at Hugo House and at the University of Washington Bothell. He lives in Seattle.

Praise For…

   •  Five-city author tour (Iowa City, IA; Los Angeles; New York; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA)
   •  Tour launch event on March 5, 2019 at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, WA
   •  Author event on March 7, 2019 at Powell's on Hawthorne in Portland, OR
   •  Author event on March 11, 2019 at Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden in Brooklyn, NY
   •  Author event on March 12, 2019 at McNally Jackson in New York, NY
   •  Author event on March 14, 2019 at Skylight Books in Los Angeles, CA
   •  Author event on March 19, 2019 at Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco, CA
   •  Author event on April 2, 2019 at Third Place Books Ravenna in Seattle, WA
   •  Author event on April 4, 2019 at King's Books in Tacoma, WA
   •  Potential author appearance at Los Angeles Times Book Festival

Product Details
ISBN: 9781593763091
ISBN-10: 1593763093
Publisher: Soft Skull
Publication Date: March 5th, 2019
Pages: 192
Language: English