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AND SO WE DIE, HAVING FIRST SLEPT is a novel about marriage, youth, middle-age, Gen X, and fidelity. Brett is older than Cash by a decade; both are world-weary--one from negotiating brain trauma and rehab and the absence of pretty boys, the other from addiction and road trips and even a Billy Graham crusade. Bath salts and babies work on their ten-year relationship, forcing them to begin again one way or another. Sappho is involved.
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AND SO WE DIE, HAVING FIRST SLEPT is the debut publication of Bosco’s Going Down Press LLC, an independently-operated publishing company of literary prose. .
"Weird, true, and singular." - Kyle Minor, author of Praying Drunk
"Jennifer Spiegel's much-anticipated second novel teems with intelligence and candor, assuredly. But oh, more than that, even, it's that voice--it darts, it vamps, it dives, and most of all it scrutinizes, squarely, head-on, witty and withering. In this multitudinous soliloquy of a book, we get the relentless quest of a self-determined to narrate itself into being and becoming. Devour it; I did." – Tim Horvath, Understories
“Brett and Cash’s hard love jostles the wheel. Whether holding the unnerving stare of a swaddled newborn, stomaching months of expired salads, or drawing the shower curtain over meth fire damage, these are tight-fisted lovers.” -- Julie Hensley, author of Landfall
“With witty dialogue, thorough details of Americana, page-turning romantic magnetism, and quotidian relationships, Spiegel combines historical and political acuity with a finger on the pulse of the cultural psyche.” – Patricia Colleen Murphy, Founding Editor of Superstition Review
BoGoDo Press, November 2018.
Anthony Vasquez painted “Ten Thousand Memories,” and I loved it from that first moment he put it on—where else?—facebook. He actually painted it for his wife so it’s hers, but they graciously let us use it for the cover. And I am very thankful, because it somehow captures the whole thing. Plus, his wife, Adrienn Toth, has a wicked good sense of humor.