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Monday, March 1, 2010

Next Chapter, Boswell Debut ‘Postcards from a Dead Girl’

Plus: Jodi Picoult at Oconomowoc Arts Center

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Most everyone loves to receive postcards from family or friends traveling abroad on fantastic adventures. Postcards sent from an ex-girlfriend you haven’t heard from in a year, however, are a different story entirely. It’s this second scenario that is happening to Sid Higgins, the main character in Kirk Farber’s debut novel, Postcards from a Dead Girl.

Sid’s life has been on a downward slide for some time: He’s struggling with his job as a telemarketer for a travel agency; he thinks he has a tumor; and he has recently started conversing with his dead mother. But what frightens him the most are these mysterious postcards that keep arriving from Zoe, his past paramour; therefore, before he loses it at home, Sid decides to journey to Europe in search of Zoe. His travels and the peculiar people he meets along the way uncover a quirky world observer who narrates his escapades with whimsy and candor.

Debut author Farber is a local man, raised in Oconomowoc and educated at UW-Milwaukee. He credits the Bay View writing center Redbird Studio with helping him to find his literary voice. Postcards from a Dead Girl was a March 2010 “Indie Next” selection and was also a semifinalist in the inaugural Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.

Farber says that he has always been drawn toward the dark, and this lights-out first novel is indeed macabre, a bit disturbed, and pleasingly offbeat in a style reminiscent of Chuck Palahniuk. Farber will speak about Postcards from a Dead Girl at Next Chapter Bookshop on March 9 and Boswell Book Co. on March 10.

Another literary event, the appearance of famed author Jodi Picoult, takes place March 10 at the Oconomowoc Arts Center. Picoult, who has penned numerous best sellers, is on tour for her newest book, House Rules. Tickets to this event cost $25 and include a copy of the novel. Call (262) 567-0106 to order.