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Q & A

Q & A

FICTION

334 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.95 (CA $24.95) (US $18.95)

Publication Date: January 2021

ISBN 9781646030576

Rights: WOR

Regal House Publishing (Jan 2021)

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Overview

Stuck in his televised box, Kenyon must confront the win-or-lose proposition of his age and answer his toughest question yet: when the world and its machines are so busy creating us, how can we possibly create ourselves?

Kenyon Saint Claire is the son of a distinguished literary family, a keeper and teacher of the written word, but his America is a land of small screens, moving images, big pharma, high-tech distraction, and endless advertising. False impressions are the stock-in-trade, and big metrics matter, especially onscreen. That's where Kenyon finds himself, drawn into the electronic environs of primetime television, isolated behind glass, portraying a televised version of himself on a scripted game show, as cameras feed his image to fifteen million viewers. The year is 1956. Inspired by true events, employing a groundbreaking form that evokes our agitated, media-soaked century, M. Allen Cunningham's Q&A urgently animates America's misunderstood quiz show scandals in light of our own time, as a moment of cultural reckoning whose reverberations we feel all around us today: in reality television, TV politics, the triumph of incoherence, and the pandemic problem of how to be real in a world of screen-induced self-deception. Stuck in his televised box, Kenyon must confront the win-or-lose proposition of his age and answer his toughest question yet: When the world and its machines are so busy creating us, how can we possibly create ourselves?

Reviews

"One of the bravest and most talented novelists writing today." —Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child, Pulitzer Prize Finalist

"A master storyteller." —Gina Ochsner, author of The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight

"Cunningham's writing is beautiful and fluid. Mesmerizing." —The Oregonian

"A writer both original and well aware of the writers who have come before him. Bold and ambitious." —Peter Turchi, author of Maps of the Imagination

"Cunningham's facility with the language of image and sound casts a spell not unlike Isabel Allende." —The Clayton Pioneer

"Cunningham is a remarkable writer. His prose is delicate, touching, and lyrical." —Powells Books, Portland OR

"One of the most gifted fiction writers working today." —Amy Mason Doan, author of The Summer List

"A fully formed, timeless American writer." —Square Books, Oxford MS

Author Biography

M. Allen Cunningham is the author of several novels, including The Green Age of Asher Witherow and Perpetua's Kin. His work appears in many publications. He is the founder and editor of the award-winning literary publishing house Atelier26 Books and a contributing editor for the literary journal Moss. He teaches creative writing at Portland State University and elsewhere. His work has received the following accolades: #1 Indie Next Pick: The Green Age of Asher Witherow (2004); Indie Next Book of the Year Finalist: The Green Age of Asher Witherow, Regional Arts & Culture Council Project Grant (2018); Semi-Finalist for the 2017 American Short Fiction Award; Finalist for the 2014 Flann O'Brien Innovative Fiction Award; Yaddo Residencies (2010 & 2014); Oregon Literary Fellowship (2012); Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship (2007 & 2013)