Title 13

 

TITLE 13

A Novel

 

by Michael A. Ferro

Forthcoming in 2018

A timely investigation into the heart of a despotic government, TITLE 13 is a darkly comic cautionary tale of mental illness and unconventional love. The novel deftly blends satirical comedy aimed at the hot-button issues of modern society with the gut-wrenching reality of an intensely personal descent into addiction.

Young Heald Brown might be responsible for the loss of highly classified TITLE 13 government documents—and may have hopelessly lost himself as well. Since leaving his home in Detroit for Chicago during the recession, Heald teeters anxiously between despondency and bombastic sarcasm, striving to understand a country gone mad while clinging to his quixotic roots.

Trying to deny the frightening course of his alcoholism, Heald struggles with his mounting paranoia, and his relationships with concerned family and his dying grandmother while juggling a budding office romance at the US government’s Chicago Regional Census Center.

Events

Michael A. Ferro will discuss his published work and the upcoming release, TITLE 13. The reading/Q&A will take place at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan on August 21

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TITLE 13


by Michael Ferro
Release date: February 1, 2018
Genre: Suspense, Literary Fiction
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-941861-46-2

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Attempting to combat the devastating effects of his addiction, Heald’s reality digresses into farcical absurdity, fevered isolation, and arcane psychological revelation, hilarious though redoubtable in nature. Meanwhile the TITLE 13 secrets remain at large, haunting each character and tangling the interwoven threads of Heald’s life, as the real question looms: Is it the TITLE 13 information that Heald has lost, or his sanity?

“Ferro has given us an insightful, tightly-crafted, and wickedly cutting novel that forces us all to think about the things we don’t want to think about. But it’s just such a funny story, too. The only times I stopped laughing were to panic and cry a little.”

—Brian Boone, Splitsider

 

“TITLE 13 proves that even when society fractures, meaning can be drawn from the chaos. Michael A. Ferro writes with heart, tenderness, and wit. An impressive debut!”

—Davy Rothbart, creator of Found Magazine and author of My Heart Is an Idiot
 

About the Author

Born and bred in Detroit, Michael A. Ferro holds a degree in creative writing from Michigan State University and won the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award for Fiction in 2008. Michael’s fiction and essays have been featured in numerous online and print publications. TITLE 13 is his first novel. Michael has lived, worked, and written throughout the Midwest; he currently resides in rural Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Additional information and writing can be found at: www.michaelaferro.com and @MichaelFerro

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