A transcendent love letter to literature and music, Xstabeth is an exciting new work from a writer who, book-by-book, is rewriting the rules of contemporary fiction.
Aneliya’s father dreams of becoming a great musician but his naivete and his unfashionable music suggest he will never be taken seriously. Her father’s best friend, on the other hand, has a penchant for vodka, strip clubs, and moral philosophy. Aneliya is torn between love of the former and passion for the latter.
When an angelic presence named Xstabeth enters their lives Aneliya and her father’s world is transformed.
A short, stylish novel with a big heart, humor, Xstabeth moves from Russia to Scotland, touching upon the pathos of Russian literature and the Russian soul, the power of art and music to shape reality, and the metaphysics of golf while telling a moving father-daughter story in highly-charged, torrential prose.
“This book spoke, it said ‘read me’ from the very first sentence as if it were alive, it gave me visceral joy.”—Kim Gordon
“Reading Xstabeth feels like being cut open to the accompanying sound of ecstatic music.”—Edna O’Brien, author of Girl
“Prepare for more of that inimitable Keenan narrative voodoo brilliance.”—Wendy Erskine, author of Sweet Home
“A strange, ambitious book... Xstabeth is the story of a father and daughter, of memory, space, philosophizing, sex, golf, saints, fairies, more sex, Leonard Cohen, a secret band, life as performance, and, maybe most of all, music and musicality. Xstabeth is the ornate key to a lock you didn't know you were looking for (but now cannot imagine not finding).”—Jeremy Garber, Powell’s Books (Portland, OR)
“You can lose yourself in the novel’s weird loops and whorls, searching for resolution while luxuriating in the lack of it... There’s something here of the 19th-century Russian novelists’ passion for authenticity, their fervid drama... The sense of a synchronous world being created even as you read, where past visions spark memories that echo the present, leaping across synaptic gaps with the grace of a bird in flight.”—The Guardian
“‘A genre of one.’ The same might be said of this gloriously sui generis novel.”—Financial Times
“It is one of the most interesting novels I've come across this year. Reading it, I felt the unmistakable pulse of something living, and it isn't done with me yet.”—Literary Review
“One of the most exciting new writers around.”—Daily Mail (UK)
Marketing & Publicity
-Print galleys available, E-galleys via Edelweiss, Netgalley
-Digital assets available for download
-Finished copy giveaways
-Music industry influencer campaign
-Author video and other digital available
-Author events - music
-Outreach to record stores, comic and graphic novel speciality stores
-Niche media and influencer outreach to web sites like Pitchfork