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Prelude to Hemlock
by Steven D. Vivian
ISBN: 978-1-932482-38-6


Prelude to Hemlock is a black comedy that follows the fortunes of the young narrator, Jeffrey Edwards. A contrarian by nature and libertine by choice, Jeff is charming, caustic, fiercely intelligent...and fiercely self-destructive. Jeff writes lyrics for his sister Kim, a gifted rock musician, and as Kim's musical star rises, the siblings become entangled in events both comic and appalling. Along the way, Jeff contends with his pill-popping mother; his breezy and scheming father; and his dope-smoking friend, Tall Patty. As these characters intertwine and collide, Kim's career approaches the bright brink of success--even as she and Jeff approach the darkest brink of disaster. Jeff understands that "what the righteous really dread is a world with no sinners," but he and Kim cannot quite grasp the cost of truly living as they please.

BOSON BOOKS also offers other humerous novels, A Self-Made Monster and Flunky by Steve Vivian. All are available in print.

About the Author

Steve Vivian on the English faculty of South Suburban College near Chicago.

He is the author of Writing With Authority (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich), a popular college rhetoric textbook. He has published poetry and prose in numerous publications, including Circle, Davidson Miscellany, Framework, Laughing Boy Review, Lincoln Log, Nemesis, and obscure.