My own book. (Kidding! So kidding.) But that’s the thing, isn’t it? We’re kind of spoiled by today’s reading environment (I’m not sure what to call it; environment sounds weird but if I come up with a better word I’ll change it). There are so many books to choose from, and sometimes it’s hard to know what to pick. Print books, e-books, major publishers, small presses, self-publishing—it’s actually more amazing to me that people manage to find a book they’d like to read.
So, for today’s #BookADayUK prompt from The Borough Press, rather than picking a book I can’t believe more people haven’t read, here’s a book that I think people would like to read if they find it: Missouri, by Christine Wunnicke. Originally written in German, it’s available in English from Vancouver’s Arsenal Pulp Press:
This earnest, violent, yet utterly transfixing gay love story is set in the nineteenth-century American Midwest. Douglas Fortescue is a successful poet who flees England for America following a scandal; Joshua Jenkins is a feral young outlaw who was taught how to shoot a man at age six. The two men meet when Joshua robs Douglas’ carriage and takes him hostage; soon, a remarkable secret is revealed, and these two very different men grow closer, even as Douglas’ brother tries to “save” him from his uncivilized surroundings. (from Goodreads)
I think I recall hearing about this book on Twitter, and the good folks at Arsenal Pulp sent me a copy of it. It’s been a while since I read it, but it was short and bizarre (in the best possible meaning of the word) and thoroughly enjoyable, with a terse and yet dreamlike quality to the prose that felt not quite real. I think I need to go back and re-read it, and it’s such a short book that it can easily be tackled in an afternoon, though I think it will require much longer to think about.