ASCHER / STRAUS
PAPERBACK COMING ON SEPTEMBER 1
In addition to the other volumes of fiction published with McPherson (Letter to an Unknown Woman, The Other Planet, The Menaced Assassin and Red Moon/Red Lake), the award-winning fiction of Ascher/Straus has been appearing widely in magazines, including Chicago Review, The Paris Review, Chelsea, Sun and Moon, Epoch and Exile. Most recently, both Exile and the online journal Your Impossible Voice have published early installments of their much-anticipated novel-in-progress, Headless World. Ascher/Straus’s long history of creating narratives outside traditional boundaries (beginning with the unbound books, interactive fiction events/installations called SPACE NOVELS in the late 70’s and 80’s) has, since 2008, continued in Monica’s Chronicle, an endless sketchbook drawn directly from life, meant as a model for another idea of fiction, and published in installments on their website (www.ascher-straus.com). Monica’s Chronicle is the source for and background universe of two groundbreaking volumes, ABC Street and Hank Forest’s Party, outward-looking autobiography/novel/philosophical journals suggesting a dedicated, life-long way of documenting life as fiction. Ascher/Straus intend the resonance between the two novel/journal volumes and the related fiction-like works on their website to be of narrative interest in itself.
Significant Ascher/Straus fiction has been anthologized in the Pushcart Prize series, Top Top Stories (City Lights), Exile’s Exiles, Chelsea: A Retrospective (Twenty Five Years), Hugh Fox’s The Living Underground: A Prose Anthology, Likely Stories, Language and Structure in North America, Chicago Review's Two Volume Survey of Innovative Fiction, and others.