Brick Mantel Books

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Mission
Brick Mantel Books publishes innovative works of literary excellence by new and established writers. We value literature as an art, and we publish literary fiction and thought-provoking poetry that leave a lasting impression. We want to help readers gain a stronger sense of the world and humanity through literature.

What We Publish
We seek literary fiction that is character-driven, engaging, provocative, lyrical, and artistic, as well as experimental, out-of-the-ordinary work that fits our mission. We also publish contemporary, innovative poetry that pushes boundaries. In short, we publish work we have a deep connection to.

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If the Girl Never Learns: Poems
Pre-release—available April 2, 2019. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Published by Brick Mantel Books. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
From the opening lines, it’s clear The Girl at the center of these poems is damaged—which is another way to say she’s a survivor. If the Girl Never Learns moves from the personal to the mythic to the apocalyptic, because The Girl would do anything, even go to hell, to save her soul. The Girl is, above all else, a badass.
Circus
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,870. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2018 by Brick Mantel Books. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Circus puts love on display for the whole world to gawk at. Life is a bizarre circus, from personal relationships to the political sphere. It is beautiful, tragic, chaotic, made up of a million silent moments. Deonte Osayande brings the rhythm and intensity of his slam poetry to his second full-length collection. His poetry addresses love and loss, race and family, politics and life in America.
Lilli Chernofsky
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,690. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2018 by Brick Mantel Books. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
With war at their doorstep, Lilli Chernofsky flees Lithuania with her brother Aaron and a group of yeshiva students. Along with other Jewish refugees, Lilli makes a home in the ghettos of Shanghai. Though they managed to escape the horror in Europe, they are now faced with starvation, subhuman conditions, and violence at the hands of Japanese soldiers in Shanghai.
Laika
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,570. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2017 by Brick Mantel Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Laika desperately wishes for a new life. At fourteen, she’s hardened and independent, living on the streets of Southern California. Laika brings to light the often-shrouded world of paranoid schizophrenia. It also examines the socially stigmatized issues of homelessness, addiction, and PTSD, in the hopes of fostering greater awareness and compassion.
Beulah's House of Prayer
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,400. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2016 by Brick Mantel Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Historical » USA
Some storms bring destruction. Others bring salvation. On Black Sunday, the worst dust storm in history brings with it a choice: Sugar must decide whether or not to return home, leaving the hospitality—and love—of Barmy’s inhabitants. A stunning Depression-era literary novel with a touch of magical realism, Beulah's House of Prayer captivates until the very end.
We Dare Not Whisper
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,260. Language: American English. Published: December 1, 2015 by Brick Mantel Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Set in rural Wisconsin, We Dare Not Whisper explores the toxic legacy of a self-destructive family. With hauntingly beautiful prose, Jan Netolicky illuminates the suffering of individuals with bipolar disorder and the unthinkable challenges facing those closest to them.
Glass
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,580. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2015 by Brick Mantel Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Menashe Everett is a tormented man. He’s ruled by depression and addiction. He’s haunted by his past. At 37, he barely holds onto his job and lives in a haze of blurred reality. But to many in his life, he’s their only hope. Set in Cleveland in the late 1980s, Glass tests traditional ideas of interpersonal responsibility and what it means to struggle with mental illness.
Odd Beauty, Strange Fruit
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,700. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2015 by Brick Mantel Books. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
A Southerner by birth, Swartwout's writing are steeped in the gothic elements of quotidian life in the Deep South, a celebration of difference and the uncommon—odd beauties who embellish our plain lives. From circus oddities to real-life boogeymen, from Louisiana to a Central American village, earth has no dearth of the gothic's strange fruit, illuminating the complexity of what it is to be human.


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Jan Netolicky
Latest book: We Dare Not Whisper. Published December 1, 2015.