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Return on Investment – a Novel by Magdalena Waz

Winner of the Fiction Attic Press Debut Novel Prize

ISBN: 978-0-9911499-8-8

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Now available in paperback and e-book editions, the award-winning debut novel by Magdalena Waz.

Release date: September 22, 2016

ISBN-13: 978-0-9911499-8-8 (paperback)

Return on Investment is a wickedly smart, deceptively powerful novel about the uneasy intersection of love and commerce. The unforgettable foursome of young urbanites–motivated by love, lust, and economic necessity–make difficult and often startling choices as they attempt to carve out a niche for themselves in a trying economy.

Laurie hires herself out as a human breast pump, a job that relies heavily on the natural and organic movement to convince new mothers that they don’t need machines to extract breast milk. But when the situation at her job goes sour, she devises a plan to work less and earn more. A dreamer at best and a steam-roller at worst, Laurie hopes to prove to the world that being in an office 9-5 is only for those without an imagination. Her second scheme draws a young housekeeper, a bachelorette party babysitter, and a data entry clerk into the business of manufactured intimacy, a business more dangerous than Laurie is willing to admit.

Sharp, insightful, and darkly humorous, Return on Investment will appeal to fans of Maria Semple, Jess Walter, Jami Attenberg, and Lena Dunham.

Praise for Return on Investment

Waz’s darkly comic first novel reads like the birth of a brand-new genre—call it literature of the dystopian present—wherein a lost generation of post-college twentysomethings struggle against debt, doubt, the loneliness of a constantly-connected world, and an out-of-control gig economy that leads to work as professional cuddlers, human breast pumps, and black-market milk runners. It’d be terrifying if it weren’t so damn funny, prescient if it weren’t precisely of the moment, absurd except for its searing recognition of the all-too-real . . . Return on Investment is an audacious, ambitious debut.  –Joseph Bates, author of Tomorrowland: Stories

Return on Investment is a coming-of-age tale unlike any I have ever read. A quartet of unlikely friends massively in debt and interminably adrift in the post-collegiate, post-recession, start-up economy. The wild scheme that joins them together somehow manages to both satirize and sympathetically explore that wobbling time between youth and adulthood. Swiftly told, at turns hilarious and poignant, Return on Investment is worth every second you put into it. David McGlynn, author of A Door in the Ocean

In Return on Investment, Magdalena Waz brings to vivid life the mighty struggles and Millennial triumphs of a group of young Chicagoans graduating into the Great Recession. Waz’s writing is slyly ironic, her characters’ delightfully inappropriate first jobs, including human breast pump, are shrewdly presented, and their stories are irresistible.   This is a superb first book.  –Eric Goodman, author of Child of My Right Hand and Twelfth and Race

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About the Author

Magdalena Waz’s fiction and essays have appeared in Threadcount, The Collagist, and Rabbit Catastrophe Review. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Miami University (Ohio) and currently lives in Brooklyn.

 

What Goodreads readers are saying:

Return on Investment is funny, smart, and beautifully written. Waz’s style is refreshing for its mix of humor and poignancy and for the honest depiction of the story’s characters. It is a true delight to read. I can’t wait for her next book! ~Patrick, Goodreads

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Flash in the Attic: 44 Very Short Stories

ISBN: 9781945753008

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Featuring 44 stories under 1,000 words by new and established writers. The 44 stories in this collection tackle questions of love, longing, family, and fantasy. Crimes are committed, promises are made and broken, characters exist in strange cities made of papers and knives. Every story is a miniature world unto itself. A must-read for anyone who loves narrative brevity, and an essential companion for anyone who wants to write flash fiction. Plays well with Volume 1 of the series, Flash in the Attic: 33 Very Short Stories.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction, by Michelle Richmond
  • The New Thieves, by Thaisa Frank
  • The Mourning of the Russian, by Augustin Cadena, translated by Patricia Dubrava
  • Tracks and Weather, by Susie Hara
  • Blanks, by Kit Maude
  • Urban, by Lila Dunlap
  • Instructions for Dreaming of Dead People, by Yasmin Murgai
  • On the Nightwalk, by Mark Sheerin
  • The Days We Spent in Each Other’s Company, by Madison H.C.
  • Near Distance, by Jonathan Jones
  • Forgotten Flyers, by Bobby Sauro
  • A Clear Shot, by Andrew O’Kelley
  • When You Know, by Geoffrey Miller
  • Home Shopping Network, by Martin Jennings
  • The Least Cruel Method of Cooking Crabs, by Moneta Goldsmith
  • The Video, by Casey Pycior
  • Bed and Breakfast, by Mathieu Cailler
  • The Crush, by A.W. Marshall
  • hicksley.elizabeth@hotmail.com, by Daniel Coshnear
  • Semaphore, by Jasmine Sawers
  • Witch, by Ellie Stewart
  • Then There Is, by Gerald Yelle
  • Slides and Swings, by Neal Bonser
  • Excerpts from My Child’s First Story, by Stace Budzco
  • Telegraphing the Fox, by Annie Dawid
  • On the Strand, by Anne Colwell
  • The Snorer, by Sophie Nunberg
  • Home Again, Home Again, by Christopher Woods
  • Flight, by Gypsy Martin
  • Faith, by Patrick Faller
  • Pressure, by Lucian Childs
  • Deliverance from You, by Travis Hubbs
  • Buried, by Nathan Alling Long
  • The New Disease, by Ksenia Lakovic
  • Persephone, by Elizabeth Varidan
  • Ghost, by T.D. Storm
  • Eggs, by Patricia Cosgrove
  • The Perfect Nursery, by Geraldine Birch
  • White Bird, Black Sky, by Barry Charman
  • The Perfect Strawberry, by Tamsin Hopkins
  • Tableaux Vivant, by M. Kaat Toy
  • The Knife Factory, by Neal Allen
  • What Counts, by Frank Carden
  • The Orgun Box Junkie, by Robert Perchan
  • The Paper City, by Rebecca Harrison

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Modern Shorts: 18 Short Stories From Fiction Attic Press

ISBN: 978-0-9911499-5-7

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Featuring the winners of the Fiction Attic Press Short Fiction Contest, with new fiction by Neil Mathison, Jane St. Claire, Timothy Boudreau, Linda Boroff, D.R.D. Bruton, Darlene Campos, Christopher David DiCicco, J.S. Kierland, Jen Knox, Claire E. Lombardo, John P. Loonam, Jennifer Marquardt, Jackie Davis Martin, Mark Pritchard, Suzanne Samples, JLSchneider, Thom Schwarz, and Owen Thomas.

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ISBN: 978-0-9911499-6-4 (paperback edition)

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Homing Instincts

First Novel Contest

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ISBN: 978-0-9911499-3-3

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winner of the Fiction Attic Press First Novel Contest

“A pitch perfect debut novel.”

A story of loss, change and transcendence, Homing Instincts follows Seth Hingham, a young wildlife biologist, as he struggles to put his life back together after his news anchor girlfriend walks out on him and his much loved father dies.

Seth longs to retreat to the pristine woodlands of New England’s North Country, where he believes anonymity and solitude will heal his wounds. But a slow job market up North forces him to first make a detour to his Connecticut hometown.

Old ghosts pop up, as Seth’s cousin concocts a plan to honor the memory of a high school classmate killed in a long ago accident for which Seth has always felt responsible. At the same time, changing family dynamics in the wake of his father’s death are toppling the old status quo as Seth struggles to determine who he is and where he belongs. A chance at new love with a spirited, yet fragile, single mother further complicates the picture.

cover art by Roxanne Steed

Homing Instincts traces Seth’s painful, redemptive, and sometimes humorous, journey to re-imagine his past and create a new future.

In Karen Guzman’s pitch perfect debut novel, the past holds Seth prisoner with exquisite power, keeping him frozen in time…This is a splendid book.” — Jacqueline Sheehan, New York Times Bestselling author of Lost and Found and other novels.

“Karen Guzman’s eye for detail and ear for the truth take us on a journey of redemption as Seth gingerly tests a new relationship and tries to put his troubled past into perspective. Homing Instincts wraps a complex contemporary tale in lyrical language and astute insights.” — Susan Schoenberger, author of A Watershed Year and The Virtues of Oxygen.

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338 pages. Paperback: $17.99.

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Flash in the Attic: 33 Very Short Stories

Flash in the Attic - Volume 1

ISBN: 978-0615860442 (paperback)

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Featuring 33 stories under 1000 words by the winners of the Flash in the Attic Flash Fiction Contest. The very brief stories in this volume, by turns playful, provocative, poignant, fantastical, fearless, and wildly imaginative, prove just how much can be accomplished in 1000 words or fewer. As it turns out, 1000 words is plenty of room to make a scene, get people in trouble, get them out of it, or parse language one letter at a time, as Sharon Goldberg does in “Rear-End Collisions,” which took second place. 1000 words is also enough room for the dead to visit the living on a subway car bound for Brooklyn, for fathers to lose the hearts of their daughters, and for the sun to threaten the future of the earth and the intricate bonds of family. Neal Allen’s winning story, “The Mayan Calendar,” proves that 1000 words is also enough to span the history of civilization.

ISBN: 978-0-9911499-1-9 (digital edition)

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Commuter: a novella

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by Edward Wells II and Nicolas Diaz

Eduardo lives in a commuter town in Mexico, spending his mornings on the bus and his days helping patrons at the library with their labyrinthine searches. Eduardo’s routines are disrupted when he falls under the spell of a young woman named Erika,who, upon their first meeting, imagines them into an elaborate future together. Meanwhile, Eduardo’s friend Joe summons him to a mysterious well that yields far more than water.

A story of travel and longing, in which time and geography bend in unexpected ways. With haunting echoes of Haruki Murakami and Julio Cortazar, this collaborative novella marks the arrival of two exciting and innovative new voices in fiction.

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Tracks, a story by Tara Wright

Single Story Ebook Series - 1

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In this spare and beautifully imagined short story, set on a night train in winter, a woman struggles to come to terms with the loss of a child. A romantic encounter with a stranger in a dining car allows her to glimpse, momentarily, a different kind of life. The story’s startling conclusion will leave a lasting impression.

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Everything You’d Hoped It Would Be

Single Story Ebook Series - 2

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a story by Travis Hubbs

A quiet coming-of-age tale about a young woman in love, who must choose between the dream life she longs for and the familiar comfort of family