#BookADayUK 16: Can’t believe more people haven’t read it

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.

missouriSo, 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.

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