KGB Bar & Lit Mag calls SD “possessed of cold, uncompromising beauty”

A really phenomenal review of Scandamerican Domestic came in today from KGB Bar & Lit Journal‘s David Burr Gerrard. Burr Gerrard notes that “Merkner’s sentences are crisp and cruel” and contends “the book resembles the movie Fargo with its heart fed through the wood chipper.” Awesome. Thank you, David Burr Gerard!  But I am most pleased with …

And We’re Launched!

Huge thanks to McNally Jackson Books for collaborating with Coffee House Press, Two-Dollar Radio and Elephant Rock Books on Indie Press Night. Independent press authors Jacob Appel and Barbara Browning and me (!) presented our books and chatted about writing and publishing with our amazing independent book publishers! We had a smart, lively audience and a great […]

Largehearted Boy & WORD Bookstores Book of the Week!

WORD Bookstores — independent neighborhood bookstores in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Jersey City, New Jersey — and Largehearted Boy have named The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic one of their books of the week! Of Scandamerican Largehearted Boy says, “Coffee House Press delivers yet another original, absorbing book. Merkner’s Midwestern backdrop and icy storytelling makes the familiar alien and the grotesque […]

Love from Detroit!

“The Rise & Fall of the ScandAmerican Domestic (Coffee House Press) is both chilling and funny, and oft-uncomfortable for people familiar with the settings. Merkner is really good at melding his observations with his imaginations into something hugely entertaining.” —Detroit’s MetroTimes Here’s the full blog: What is THAT? Oddities from the MT Mailbox