This Other Eden

This Other Eden

by Michael Hemmingson


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Terrorism, crack cocaine and rape. Failure, miscarriages and suicide. Divorce, incest and misery. This Other Eden is Michael Hemmingson at his most brutal. A man wins the lottery and loses his family. A book agent must deal with a wild girl writer, a white trash genius and a limousine full of angry teenagers. His protagonists scratch at the bottom of society desperate to maintain delusions of adequacy. They fall into each other with hatred and bile; emerging with their own unique form of heroism.

Provocative and intriguing, THIS OTHER EDEN by Michael Hemmingson is akin to reading a cross between someone's private journal and a True Crime magazine. Feeling titillated and naughty, as if reading a sibling's most private and dirty secrets, I found myself wholly unwilling to put this book down. It is glorious train wreck of loss, betrayal, and crime mixed with intimate thoughts and a poignant sense of loneliness. THIS OTHER EDEN is the kind of book that will make you forget your own life for a while but will also allow you to be grateful for it when you put the book down. ~ Jennifer Brozek, Submissions Editor, Apex Book Company

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780976654667
Publisher: Dybbuk Press
Publication date: 05/04/2010
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Michael Hemmingson has been writing for 20 years. He is a novelist, short story writer, literary critic, cultural anthropologist, qualitative researcher, playwright and screenwriter. As an independent seeker, Hemmingson has written the meditation, Gordon Lish and His Influence on Twentieth Century Literature, a short TV studies monograph on Star Trek and an ethnographic research project, Zona Norte where he went to Tijuana and interviewed the sex workers. He was on the staff of the San Diego Reader from 2004 until 2009. This book was later transformed into a documentary that was screened at Cannes.

His feature film, The Watermelon, was directed by Brad Mays and produced by Lorenda Starfelt at LightSong Films. Hemmingson won the San Diego Book Awards Association's first Novel-in-Progress grant for The Rose of Heaven and SDBAA's Best Published novel for his book Wild Turkey. He was selected as the toastmaster for the Death Equinox convention.

From 1995-2000, he was Literary Manager of The Fritz Theater in San Diego where he directed, produced and wrote many plays. His full-length play, Driving Somewhere won the 1997 Ventana New Play Award in San Francisco. His one-act play, Iraq was produced in 2000 and his one-act, Milk, has appeared several anthologies.

His research has included books concerning the writings of Raymond Carver, Gordon Lish and William T. Vollmann. He has written multiple auto-ethnography articles for Denzin Qualitative Research.

Larry McCaffery has called him "Raymond Carver on acid." The American Book Review has called him a disciple of a quick and dirty literature.

He has written several books about spanking.

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