READ THE BOOK COVERAGE FOR THE GLAMSHACK
Heavy Feather Review
Largehearted Boy Book Notes
An interview with Paul Cohen at Hypertext Magazine
An excerpt of The Glamshack at Hypertext Magazine
An interview with Paul Cohen at Thoughtful Dog
Reluctant fashion journalist Henry Folsom is in love with Her, a deer-hued snake-taut beauty whose smile is an Event. The only problem is Her fiancé in New Orleans. And She’s going to see him for twelve days, while Henry smolders in The Glamshack, his borrowed Silicon Valley poolhouse and site of their months-long affair. Mesmerized by the American Indian wars, grasping for the divine as he relives this bloodied love, Henry must decide what it means to make his Last Stand.
Nominated for a Pushcart Press Editor’s Book Award, The Glamshack is a lyrical, darkly humorous novel on the nature of love, divinity, the Plains Indian Wars, and the male gaze. A bold, accomplished work set at millennium’s end, the book echoes early prose masterpieces of Cormac McCarthy and Martin Amis, but is entirely Paul Cohen.
PRAISE FOR THE GLAMSHACK
“There is a powerful, innate tension in his writing which comes not only from his voice but from his particular way of looking at things, an unusual way, and in art in fiction the only real worlds are likely to be the unusual.”
“There is so much to admire in Paul Cohen’s beauty of a first book. It is smart, sexy, wonder-filled, haunting and oh so marvelously, so humanly strange. Here even meat (venison) can be graceful. Here the heart grows hot, the soul burns dark and Desire blows a thousand horns.”
—Laird Hunt, author of The Evening Road
“Funny, intense and brilliant, this is a book about love but also about the self’s ability to withstand love. Every sentence is poetic, magnetized, in love with life. The language in this book cuts so close to the heart of experience that it feels very much like life itself–sacred, invincible, beautiful, full of meaning.”
–Rebecca Lee, author of Bobcat and Other Stories
“Poignant, sharp writing infused with flashes of brutal humor. Paul Cohen’s The Glamshack cuts to the quandary we all endure: the burden of desire. With a voice distinct and resonating, Cohen casts a sober eye on life and longing, love and failure. He personalizes a universal plight and casts a searing spotlight on the fact that we are all uniquely un-unique that, in the end, we all share the same fate.”
—Douglas Light, author of The Trouble with Bliss and Where Night Stops
“The Glamshack is that exceptionally rare, uncategorizable novel that not only finds its greatest achievements in its singularity, but also serves as a reminder of how very familiar and commonly un-daring contemporary fiction is in general.”
—Josh Kendall, Executive Editor, Little Brown, in letter nominating The Glamshack for a Pushcart Press Editor’s Book Award
“In his debut novel, Cohen manages the impressive feat of memorably documenting obsession without surrendering to it.”
“Cohen is creating new language, finding surprising combinations that are both familiar and wonder-inducing.”
—Heavy Feather Review
“With sparse, languorous sentences that nonetheless hold a masterful deep-seated tension throughout, The Glamshack is a look into the interior landscape of a man on the edge of self-discovery, and, even larger, it chronicles the ubiquitous nature of us all.”
Publication Date: October 12, 2017
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“Alex Behr’s imagination is wild, rigorous, and totally unique. I haven’t been able to decide if her stories are comedies intercut with horror or horror stories leavened by comedy, but when they’re this entertaining, who cares?”
— Tom Bissell, author of Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve
“Alex Behr’s characters are conflicted, uncertain, and pained. What’s so compelling about her fiction is how she honors that conflictedness, explores the uncertainties, and examines the pain until it reveals itself as irreducibly human and therefore a kind of grace.”
— Dan DeWeese, author of You Don’t Love This Man and Disorder
“In Alex Behr’s funny, poignant stories, the kids are sharp, fearless, and insatiable, the parents conflicted, lustful, and tough. The meaning of family and love is an epic game nobody can win or stop playing.”
— Mary Rechner, author of the story collection Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women