Pre-order THE SADNESS by Benjamin Rybeck

Our own marketing director is putting out a book!

Benjamin Rybeck's debut novel, THE SADNESS, is a family story about failure and film--a book about twin siblings who reunite to track down a missing woman and to reconcile the ways their own lives have fallen apart. The book is not a dour experience, though; Rybeck writes with energy and inventiveness, proving that sadness, actually, can be a lot of fun.

Rybeck will launch his novel at Brazos Bookstore on 6/14 (in conversation with one of our favorite Houston writers, Chris Cander, author of WHISPER HOLLOW). Pre-order THE SADNESS through us now for a signed copy, shipped wherever! The book releases on 6/14 and will be shipped after that.

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ISBN: 9781939419705
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Unnamed Press - June 14th, 2016

Praise for THE SADNESS

"THE SADNESS is a moody, fascinating novel about fame, disappointment, and the burdens of family. Benjamin Rybeck writes with equal authority about film and sibling relationships and romantic obsession, and tells a gripping story along the way."
Tom Perrotta, author of THE LEFTOVERS

“THE SADNESS is a rapturous, absorbing and wholly original novel that announces Rybeck as a surprising and inventive young writer.”
Kristen Radtke

"Benjamin Rybeck's THE SADNESS may be a first novel, but the control and assuredness of the writing makes it feel like the work of a much more experienced writer. It's a book full of wisdom about the fumbling, grasping attempts we all make to fill the emptiness inside us, a book that ultimately leaves the reader feeling less alone in the world."
Joshua Furst, author of THE SABOTAGE CAFE

"THE SADNESS is a novel with film noir appeal: gritty and absorbing, with just a touch of glamour. Morally ambiguous siblings Kelly and Max, each compelled by their own obsessions and failures, succumb to the pull of home in order to resolve the crippling events of their pasts. With vivid, measured prose, Benjamin Rybeck delivers his characters from the depths of madness toward a quietly optimistic end, in which they discover something far more important than what they thought they were searching for: each other."
Chris Cander, author of WHISPER HOLLOW

"With this impressive debut, Benjamin Rybeck perfectly captures what it's like to be young and lost, unprepared for adult life, and utterly broken by the past. Rybeck has so much to say— about celebrity, cinema, family, and art as both a weapon and a shield— and he says it all with great intelligence and wit."
Mike Harvkey, author of IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS

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