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The official website of Gint Aras, Finalist 2016 CWA Book Award

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Unburdened from sin or connected to God

Reviews of The Fugue have, until this point, compared the book to the likes of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Victor Hugo, Virginia Woolf, Boris Pasternak, Betty Smith, Nelson Algren, Richard Powers, Flannery O’Connor and others.

Commentators have noted the book’s fugue-like structure, its homage to classical music and opera, and its use of various techniques of visual art, among them simultaneity. The latest review, from Amy Strauss Friedman, writing for the Yellow Chair Review notes the novel’s similarity to pointillism.

Aras has given us a masterful web of narrative that feels much like pointillism in painting, in which an artist uses individual dots to create a larger, intricate image.

She goes on to write:

The Fugue is an epic work that will ensnare you from the first chapter and won’t let you go even after you’ve finished it. It is a composition that all should hear.

I guess the only way to see if all these people are just talking craziness is to read the book for yourself. As your library to order it, get it at your favorite bookstore or buy it here.



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Things I understand in my adult years…

This is some stuff I thought about today while cooking chicken for the kids. I have not organized these items in any pattern of note. They just work to reveal what’s invisible to a young mind…or what had been invisible to my young(er) mind…

1.) Queen sing, “To avoid complications, she never kept the same address.” Yeah. Indeed. Complications.

2.) Everything has side effects. Even health. Even death. 

3.) My favorite books take your “writers advice” and shove it up a rectum. 

4.) There is no such thing as a children’s story. 

5.) Virtually all arguments over a pop star’s message are just arguments about the fans’ feelings. 

6.) Prince invented SMS jargon. 

7.) The world’s greatest opera singer can talk to the world’s greatest opera singer only when she’s alone. That sucks. 

8.) When you’re wishing you were someone else, you’re being yourself. The alternative is impossible. 

9.) Cracklin Rosie is a store-bought wommon who makes Neil sing like a guitar hummon just so the rhyme would work. Guitars can’t hum. And you can’t sing if you’re humming. Nobody protests against this song because it was not featured during a kids’ game which is actually a homoerotic metaphor for war. 

10.) Halftime and commercials. Really? 

11.) The ceiling fan should be on the floor. Think about it. 

12.) Corruption, lies, deception, theft, exploitation, greed, waste and stupidity make it possible for me to pay my college loans and feed my children. 

13.) Most of us work making overpriced crap so that we’d have money to buy overpriced crap. 

14.) The restaurant employee will never eat at his place of employment but will take a lover to some other restaurant. That one must be different. 

15.) Your spending habits matter more than your voting habits.