Suicide in Tiny Increments

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Too scared to kill himself but also too scared to live, Daniel Long is a sad, pathetic man; a miserable martyr of depression. Trapped in his self-made ennui, the smartest decision he ever made was to take a hit out on his own life. More

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About Riya Anne Polcastro

Armed with a useless liberal arts degree, Riya Anne Polcastro is a student of human behavior and a conduit for raw words. Maybe it is because she learned to read and write in her second language before she learned to do the same in her first. Maybe it is because she was raised a missionary’s daughter at the same time that she was taught to question everything. Maybe there are a whole lot of reasons. Either way, her fascination with mental illness and human interaction is weaved into fiction with a language that is at times caressed and loved, at others beaten into submission.
Polcastro aims to join the ranks of great Oregon writers like Ken Kesey and Chuck Palahniuk. Readers have compared her not only to her idols but also to Kurt Vonnegut, Hunter S. Thompson, and Jonathan Safran Foer. She is the author of such dark transgressive novels as Jane., Suicide in Tiny Increments, the upcoming Dentata (or The Novel Formerly Known as Teeth), as well as the chapbook The Truth about Cows, and a narrative non-fiction/memoir entitled Death by Gluten: How Undiagnosed Celiac Almost Cost Me My Life. Her writing also appears in The Anti-Austerity Anthology as well as numerous publications.

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K.Z. Morano reviewed on June 26, 2014

Suicide in Tiny Increments took me for a wild ride. The story was unlike anything that I’ve ever read before. While going through the pages, I felt like a voyeur taking a peek at the lives of pathetic, twisted, demented, and very interesting characters. I laughed, gasped, cringed, shook my head, and laughed some more as Daniel Long’s life turned from mundane to mind-boggling. I won’t give away any spoilers but I’ll say this-- It’s the kind of story that makes you want to look twice at the loser sitting at the bus station or at the coffee shop and wonder what kind of perversions and dark secrets he might harboring beneath that dull face.

I loved the author’s take no prisoners writing. This novel was a product of wit, twisted humor, and bold descriptive skills. An entertaining read from start to finish. Seriously, with the right actors to play the part of the sick, sad—but certainly intriguing-- characters, I can easily see this as a satisfying tragicomedy film.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Daniel Hartley reviewed on June 25, 2014

Very original, dark, witty book. Addicting front to back. Definitely worth the read!
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