In the early spring of ‘15, Dig That will be publishing “The Ghosts That Surrounded Them,” a new novel by Timmy Reed. The novel reads like a field guide to living in a world where ghosts are brought to life by emotions, actions, ideas, and thin air.
The narrative centers around two basically average families from the suburbs, as they confront some of the harder truths of contemporary society. Infidelity, unemployment, dishonesty, death and near death experiences, family holidays. And as if that were not enough to weigh them down, they also had to deal with the fact that they lived in a world where everything is made of ghosts. Even the table salt. Each member of each family had their own, and created more nearly every second of their waking lives. Ghosts multiply. And while the two families don’t know each other at all, Bob, Jan, Markus, Dog, Steve, Wendy, Dana, and Sue all shared many of the same ghosts, often at the same. But everything should be fine, they tell themselves, if they can just make it through the winter.
"Reminiscent of Shane Jones and Kevin Brockmeier, but with a style all its own, Timmy Reed’s The Ghosts That Surrounded Them is a history of the unseen world, a beautifully written surreal meditation on life and death, the distances that surround us all, and the beauty of life. Reed is a real talent. I devoured this book in a single sitting, and it stayed with me like few others." -CL Bledsoe, author of Man of Clay
’Timmy Reed, in the vein of Matt Bell and Blake Butler, is the literary world’s next exciting wordsmith, but it is the tender care of his subjects—fragile, human ones—for which he will really be remembered.” -Jen Michalski, author of The Tide King and Could You Be With Her Now
“Timmy Reed has a strange and wonderful imagination, one of the results of which is the beautifully haunted world of The Ghosts That Surrounded Them, a short novel that reads like a fake handbook of the world with a particular emphasis on the fascinatinghistory of ghosts and reminds the reader of the inescapable tragedy of the human condition.” -Michael Kimball author of Big Ray and Dear Everybody
Coming spring ‘15.