Thursday, April 24, 2014

A-Z Indie Books: Up So Down

Today's featured book is Up So Down by our own Briane Pagel:

When "Bumpy" takes his sister's fiance out for a night on the town, a mysterious drowning crashes through their lives like a wrecking ball into an already-crumbling wall. Sarah mourns her lost lover by halfheartedly joining a group dedicated to proving there is a serial killer on the loose and jealously guarding her dying mother, while "Bumpy" moves to Las Vegas to take up a new career, only to accidentally stumble into his old one.

Through the course of a year that unfolds haphazardly and out-of-sequence, Bumpy and Sarah try to figure out how much of the past they ought to hold on to, and how much of the future is worth looking into.

Comments:  This was nearly as good as The After, my favorite Briane Pagel novel.  I was reminded of Anne Tyler's Breathing Lessons, a novel that followed two pretty ordinary people and yet somehow made even the relatively mundane bits of their lives seem interesting.  Bumpy and Sarah are a little less ordinary than those characters, but they aren't exactly superheroes or mystery-solving physicist-rock guitar players either.  But like that book, what makes this great is how even the relative mundane seems exceptional.

Right now you can get it FREE on Amazon!


  1. I'm partial to this book over the After. This was one of my favs from last year. Even read the deleted scenes.

    Good work, Briane.

  2. I'm reading this one, right now. Well, sort of right now. April has derailed my "computer reading."

  3. I can't believe you found a book that started with U. How are you doing on X?
    Thanks for the link to get the book on Amazon--I just did. I won't have time to read it until after the challenge, but I will get to it. I visited Briane's site. Good writer.
    I am your newest A to Z follower, so it's nice to meet you.

  4. I think it was on Robin's blog, Your Daily Dose, but I first learned of B. Pagel. I will have to check into more of his books.