Atticus Books is a fiery multimedia press based in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.
We specialize in genre-busting literary fiction—i.e., titles that fall between the cracks of genre fiction and compelling narratives that feature memorable main characters. We publish books and regularly post original short stories, poems, literary essays and creative non-fiction on our website.
Our purpose on earth is to help lead independent publishing into a new era of book and content creation (not merely print production and extinction). Moreover, we intend to follow in the spirit and tradition of offbeat literary dynamos such as City Lights, New Directions, Grove, and Black Sparrow Press.
Set in Philly, an adjunct college professor is the focus of this remarkable novel. If A Confederacy of Dunces met Solzhenitsyn, you'd have this novel. Excellent writing matched with pitch perfect social commentary make Kudera's novel a great look at our lives in a post 9/11 world. Superb work, witty and funny.
A knockout debut novel, Zeppetello's book takes a long look at what it means to live, truly live as a human. Sharp dialogue, great storytelling make for a novel that explores the difficult decisions we all face and the consequences of our choices. You'll be thinking about this book long after you've finished it.
A modern Don Quixote dreaming of escaping small town America is the core of Devallance's collection. Here is a great set of stories for the dreamer, the adventurer, anyone that has dreamed of busting out. He can tackle modern alienation and wanderlust in the same story with equal aplomb. Want a wonderful discovery? Try this book.
A phenomenal allegory of the dangers of a too-industrialized life. This book will make you realize what you've been missing and what's in store for us if we don't pay attention. Beautifully told, think Thoreau meets Murakami and you'll get the idea of the book. Brilliant work.
Another stellar debut published by Atticus Books. Here a modern messiah escapes a motel shootout to rip through the badlands in a profound look at modern America. There are great truths to this book, something that lends itself to multiple readings and deep enjoyment.
Stunning, stunning prose. You read it and wonder where Tohline has been hiding all this time. There is great mystery to this book, a page turner in the true sense of the term, but with all the aims and punches of great art. Memorizing, this is an absolute wonder of a book.
Stuck on a train together from Baltimore to Chicago, Goodman interweaves his characters' lives together in this novel told in stories. Whether they are dealing with heartbreak or running from something, each character is a gem, cut sharp and right. You'll get sucked right into the ride with them. A wonderful novel.
Certainly an ode to
Moby-Dick and yet
something unique and funny and poignant in its own right,
Minichillo's novel is a glorious look at our relationship to nature,
our obsessions and our failures. Whether he takes on consumer
culture or Native rights, Minichillo never fails. One of the best
books of the year.
The stories in this collection do everything to prove that modern American short fiction is anything but an academic exercise. Here is vital, alive fiction with as much daring and possibility as you'd hope for from a writer. A diverse, fascinating collection it always strikes the heart.
Set in 1920s and 1930s Germany, Fauth's novel looks at the costs artists pursue to achieve their vision. He questions our ideas of identity, family and history to took at a country in transition, the horrors to come and today's world. Deft socio-political commentary in this post 9-11 world. Brilliant, brilliant work.
Sequel to the superb Nazareth, North Dakatoa, Zurhellen once again proves what a force he is in modern fiction. He tackles some of our great myths with a sharp satirical eye, great prose and wonderful characters. To be read more than once.
Gillis' collection looks at the unexpected events that besiege us all. With surreal twists of the heart, Gillis strikes a chord in each of the stories, leaving the reader with memorable characters, striking prose and thought provoking writing. Fine, fine work.
Sent to live with an eccentric aunt on the top of Pike's Peak, Tommy Twice's life and road odyssey across America unfolds as a sharp exploration of modern American identity, the nature of family and the discovery of self. Think Siddhartha meets Borges. Superb, engrossing work.