My Year at the Good Bean Café


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$19.95  $18.55
Laughing Buddha Books
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.48 inches | 0.69 pounds
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About the Author

A prolific short story writer, EA Luetkemeyer's fiction has appeared in the literary journals Sou'wester, Opium Magazine, Del Sol Review, Perversion Magazine, The Ilanot Review, Cerasus Magazine, Rhodora, Centrifictionist, and The ShabdAaweg Review. His flash fiction piece, "The Southwest Chief," was named a finalist in The Wild Atlantic Writing Awards, and his story "Bead by Bead," a finalist in the anthology Stories That Must be Told, a publication of Tulip Tree Press. He is the author of the memoir "The Book of Chuck," and the novels "Inside the Mind of Martin Mueller" and "Penitentiary Tales: a Love Story," a finalist in the 2020 Wishing Shelf Book Awards. He has been a martial artist, a long distance runner, an outlaw, a fugitive, an inmate, a husband and father, and, by his own admission, sometimes a fool. Awarded an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, in 2015, he lives and writes in the picturesque Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon where, with inspiration from his capricious Muse, Miranda, he is at work on his next novel, "The Life and Death of Louie Amato."For excerpts and reviews of his work, visit


Luetkemeyer works with the fine art of fragmenting reality so that the reader experiences several planes simultaneously: imagination, hidden dark forces, synchronicities, time travel, personal psychology, non-ordinary states of consciousness, substance-induced perceptions, speculation, pure fiction, pieces of consensual reality and more. To say his writing is mind-tweaking is an understatement. His fiction is like reality jazz. The theme can go in many directions, most of them non-linear.

- Frank De Luca, PhD

A Field Guide to Humans: Enriching Relationships through the Enneagram


My Year at the Good Bean Café...catches the reader's imagination and interest from the first page...and it does not let the reader stop reading until the very last page.

- Bernadette Longu

Readers' Favorite (5-Star Review)


This is the strangest novel I have read (and enjoyed) in many a year... a compelling read... every story within the book is skillfully plotted and highly me when I say you'll never be bored reading this.

- The Wishing Shelf Awards


[Luetkemeyer's] personalizing of the reader draws the reader in and makes the stories seem like a fireside chat with the characters...[He] has an innate ability to convince you that even if these events didn't happen, the characters themselves are convinced they did.

- Grant Leishman

Author of A Drop in the Ocean


My Year at the Good Bean Café is an intense, beautiful, often dark, but wonderful read. It has everything: love, hate, violence, drugs, altered states, joy and pain. It takes every twist and turn into unknown worlds. I loved it, even though there were times I would have closed my eyes, had it been a movie.

- Ginna BB Gordon

Author of Bear Me Away to a Better World


The twelve stories are loosely interlinked, with the characters from one narrative frequently gatecrashing another. Stories such as The Two Wives of Frederico Ricci and Ten Thousand Hours in Shadowland had a joyful vibe, while Born Again and The Migration of Plastic Pink Flamingos possessed an inherent sadness. The October story, Travelling Man, came with a disturbingly dark undertone. Becoming Nobody was the most thought-provoking story I have read in a while. I recommend My Year at the Good Bean Café to anyone who loves magical realism, especially those who appreciate Haruki Murakami's works.

- Shrabasty Shakraborty

Readers' Favorite (5-Star Review)