Print: A Bookstore is proud to be working with local author, Kevin St. Jarre, in support of Aliens, Drywall, and Unicorns, his first novel with Encircle Publications.
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Tom Tibbets takes a job at a small weekly newspaper in Portage, New Hampshire, and an apartment in the old Cooper Building, where the residents form a kaleidoscope pattern of the odd, the interesting, and even the insane.
One neighbor believes that we descend from aliens, another is a pothead-philosopher, and there's a pair of brothers who play with illegal explosives for fun. A vegan pacifist lives there, along with a couple of nomadic born-again Christians, a schizophrenic unicycle rider, and a mysterious wise man.
At first, Tom feels like he's the only "normal" person living in the building. However, he soon believes that the very people he at first considered unstable and strange have become a lens through which he gets a new look at himself and everything else.
When something happens that leaves the tenant community feeling changed and off-balance, Tom comes to wonder if somehow his added karmic weight has thrown off the bizarre status-quo, energetic equilibrium of the place. In the end, Aliens, Drywall, and a Unicycle is the story of personal growth from a state of delusion to examination to awareness of what is truly important in life.
Kevin St. Jarre is the author of Aliens, Drywall, and a Unicycle, his first novel with Encircle Publications. He previously penned three original thriller novels for Berkley Books, the Night Stalkers series, under a pseudonym. He’s a published poet, his pedagogical essays have run in English Journal and thrice in Phi Delta Kappan, and his short fiction has appeared in journals such as Story. He has worked as a teache and professor, a newspaper reporter, an international corporate consultant, and he led a combat intelligence team in the first Gulf War. Kevin is a polyglot, and he earned an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Popular Fiction from University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. Twice awarded scholarships, he studied at the Norman Mailer Writers Center on Cape Cod, MA, with Sigrid Nunez and David Black, and wrote in southern France at La Muse Artists & Writers Retreat. He is a member of MWPA and the International Thriller Writers. Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Kevin grew up in Maine’s northernmost town, Madawaska. He now lives on the Maine coast, and is always working on the next novel.