I wanted people who read that novel to sit up and take notice. I wanted its message to shake the very foundations of Western complacency. Neither of those things happened, of course. The novel wasn’t even published. The manuscript lay gathering dust until I rediscovered it a few years back.
I then set about writing another novel, a very personal one about my odyssey in putting the original manuscript together. I called the second attempt The Preservation of “The Olive Branch” – and this time it was published.
The second attempt does sound rather boring, doesn’t it? Well, all I can say is that almost every person who has taken the time to read it has been mightily impressed. Here are some quotes from a few of those readers:
This book is quite remarkable. It does not just defy genre, it almost defies definition... It goes way beyond being a novel and enters the realms of asking what a novel is. What fiction is. What creativity is. It is deep and it requires a lot from a reader. But then it required a lot from the author. – Cally Phillips
The novel reminded me of the movie, “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, in which screenwriter Charlie Kaufman used non-linear narration to look at the nature of memory. Gisby does something similar here. He gives us magic spectacles with which to view the unfolding of a life; a 3D image, if you will. – Diane Nelson
You could consider this book quixotic, given its two entirely different levels of storyline, but I actually found it extremely seductive. – Tim Roux
What makes this book so fascinating and so important is that this is the way we experience life: the warp of life and the woof of memory, interwoven into our daily lives. – George Polley
Now, those quotes don’t come from a bunch of ordinary readers. All those individuals are hard-hitters, skilled book reviewers, people who know of what they speak. And it’s because of their praise that the book was recently added to the prestigious Awesome Indies listing of quality independent fiction.
All of which is fine and dandy, except that no-one else seems to want to read the book. It’s different. It defies genre, as Cally Phillips has said. It needs the reader to work at it before there’s any reward.
So, in the hope of attracting at least a few more readers, I’m giving away the Kindle version all this weekend. It’s FREE to download right now here.
Why not give it a go? You’ve nothing to lose. If you grow bored after the first few pages, just turn it off. But if you don’t try you’ll be sorry when you find out in years to come that it has won the National Something-or-Other Prize for Best Fiction. And then you’ll have to pay for it, won’t you? Aye, right!