Beneath The Coyote Hills explores the influence of choice and chance in our lives.
Do we control our own destiny or is it dictated in part by mysterious forces beyond our control? Tommy Aristophanos is a luckless man, homeless freegan, fiction writer, and epileptic, who is haunted by grotesque “spell visions” and by his abusive father who returns, quite literally, from the dead. When Tommy’s fictional creation, wealthy and successful V.C. Hoffstatter, emerges from the pages of Tommy’s novel to harass him, plucky Tommy has to fight back. Hoffstatter believes that we author our own destiny, while Tommy’s many reverses and ailment teach him that we control far less than we imagine. In the book’s final narrative twist, we are left wondering who is the true Pygmalion—Tommy or Hoffstatter?
The ten stories in Ashes Rain Down: A story cycle explore what life might be like after decades of global warming, extreme weather events, epidemics, and collapse of the world economy and social order. They are set in isolated California communities where ordinary people struggle to survive and maintain some semblance of order and meaning in lives stressed by the environmental and social apocalypse occurring around them.
“Heat, flies, wind and even ghosts form the eerie landscape of Luvaas’s extraordinary collection about love, hope and the stubborn resistance of humans even in the face of doom. Jaw-droppingly brilliant and downright transcendent.”
– Caroline Leavitt, New York Times best-selling author of Pictures of You
In these unforgettable stories, Luvaas depicts the struggles of everyday people facing situations far from the ordinary. A Working Man’s Apocrypha is masterful storytelling that breathes life into unlikely but oddly familiar characters in landscapes borrowed from dreams.
“Luvaas manages to make such swerving and impossible lives feel utterly true and real and maybe–incredibly–even normal. ‘Yesterday After the Storm’ is a knockout.”
– Linda Swanson-Davies, Co-Editor Glimmer Train
“In these fierce and eloquent stories, William Luvaas turns ordinary situations into extraordinary and haunting encounters that you won’t soon forget.”
– Alan Davis, Author of Alone With The Owl and Senior Editor of New Rivers Press
Going Under is the haunting tale of a mother’s journey to Bedlam, as she struggles with alcoholism and madness, and the ramifications for her children when she fails to make it back. Jerri Tillotson sinks in a morass of drink, irrationality and despair, threatening to drag her children down with her before she is literally buried alive.
“Luvaas tells a terrible but absorbing story and tells it movingly. I hope this book finds the wide readership it deserves.”
– Larry McMurtry, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of The Last Picture Show and Lonesome Dove
“A mother drowning in alcohol drags her whole family down in William Luvaas’s powerful novel.”
– New York Times Book Review
The Seductions of Natalie Bach is a compelling first novel about irrepressible Natalie Bach, who is coming of age in the giddy turbulence of New York in the sixties. Kennedy is shot, the Village is pulsing, and Natalie flees her family and upper-middle-class Jewish background to discover life on her own terms. The Seductions of Natalie Bach is the stunning debut of a writer with a fresh and original voice.
“One of the best works of fiction about that pregnant decade [the ‘60’s], comparable to Marge Piercy’s Small Changes and Lisa Alther’s Kinflicks.”
– John Gabree, Newsday
“[Luvaas] tumbles onto the page in an explosion of phrases and descriptions to produce a novel that is not only fun to read but also full of surprises.”
– Arizona Daily Star