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The Rumpus Interview ~ Carrie & Rusty Spell

Frederick Barthelme’s newest novel, There Must Be Some Mistake, is the latest update of the style and content he has perfected over the years. Barthelme’s novels upgrade like the iPhone (the title of chapter 11). Different specifics for different times but the same essence: the Frederick Barthelme version of the monomyth. His newest characters get to make Miley Cyrus allusions and…

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Now in paperback

The paperback of TMBSM is now out with an interesting homemade-look cover and front matter riddled with friendly quotes. It starts like this– Jilly Rudolph was out on the deck when I woke up. It was three in the afternoon and she was out there flipping through the local newspaper. She was a woman from my office, midthirties, lanky, charming,…

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There Must Be Some Mistake

A fiftyish graphic designer forced into retirement discovers, in spite of a parade of unlikely events, including numerous deaths, suicides, threats, explosions, and similar, that it might still be a bearable day in the neighborhood. A lovely new book from the author The New Yorker calls, “the master of the low-key epiphany.” Wallace Webster lives alone in Kemah, Texas at Forgetful Bay,…

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Waveland

Published by Doubleday in hardcover and subsequently in paper, the novel Waveland is set in the coastal town of  Waveland, Mississippi, a year after hurricane Katrina leveled the place. The book is available in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle versions at Amazon and elsewhere. From Booklist In his newest novel of dysfunction and love along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Barthelme, as he…

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