The House of Nordquist

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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.48 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author
EUGENE K. GARBER has published six books of fiction and is the creator, with eight other artists, of EROICA, a hypermedia fiction (http: // His fiction has won the Associated Writing Programs Short Fiction Award and the William Goyen Prize for Fiction sponsored by TriQuarterly. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the New York State Council of the Arts. His short fiction has been anthologized in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction (1988), Revelation and Other Fiction from the Sewanee Review, The Paris Review Anthology, and Best American Short Stories.
LYNN HASSAN is a visual artist who has exhibited in California, New York, and Eastern Europe. Exhibitions at international art festivals include multiple mixed-media installations for Periferic 2000, Iasi, Romania, and the CarbonArt 2004 Memory Project in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. Recent exhibitions include Pratt Institute, When Brooklyn Artists Speak, Art Listens, and Brooklyn College Gallery, Painters, Musicians, Sculptors. Her work is featured in several publications including Downtown Brooklyn; the literary journal for Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus; Thirteenth Moon, SUNY, Albany, NY; Beasts in Their Wisdom by Eugene K. Garber, and collaborative hypermedia work Eroica.
David J. Bookbinder is a writer, photographer, and life coach. In addition to Street People, he is the author of Street People Portfolio: Invisible New York Made Visual, The Art of Balance: Staying Sane in an Insane World, Paths to Wholeness: Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas, What Folk Music is All About, two coloring books for adults, and three books about computer software.He is the recipient of teaching fellowships from Boston University and the University at Albany, and of writing residencies from the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His Flower Mandala images were awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant in photography.David recently retired from a long career as a psychotherapist. He lives and writes north of Boston and is a native of Buffalo, New York.

Like the crime at its core, The House of Nordquist is an unquenchable fire. Part detective story, part playful Gothic, part re-imagining of Faust, and fully compelling. Garber's novel fulfills the promise-threat: things stranger than you wish will happen here.
- Ron MacLean, author of Headlong

This tale, masterfully told through dialogue and letters, grows steadily more upsetting with each twist and turn of the central mystery. It's Dante meets Quantum Physics--giants from the past and future--that Garber employs in pursuit of the truth of what happened at the House of Nordquist, yet readers will find the way relationships fail these characters rather eerily contemporary.
- Lucia Nevai, author of Salvation

Garber is his own man, working at the top of his form, writing in his own pure style, capable of depicting a pompous professor of theology or--with equal ease--an unlettered, down-to-earth woman who has nothing to nourish her heart beyond her fantasies of motherhood. It's a simple tale, a detective story of sorts, in which we seek to uncover what happened in the fire that consumed the house of Norquist, the ark where an obsessed man sought to extract from the dwindling physical body of a woman, herself the victim of history's holocausts, such music as would change the world.
- Eugene Mirabelli, author of Renata the Painter

Reading the Nordquist saga I was riveted from the first. Garber does something I have never quite experienced in a fiction, with each new layer of disclosure deepening the mystery rather than relieving it in the unveiling. A reader turns from thinking one or another of the interlocutor/narrators more or less trustworthy and then slowly becomes implicated in the mysterious agency of inquisition (that word perhaps being right for the focus of the novel) seeking "facts that allow us to perceive patterns from which to allow us to form hypotheses" but without "being caught in a chain of infinite regress until we're back" if not to the Big Bang then the black box.
- Michael Joyce, author of A Hagiography of Heaven and Vicinity

Eugene Garber's The House of Nordquist deploys a cast of characters determined to make sense--of events, of bodies, of themselves, of one another--in a universe equally determined to frustrate their efforts to do so. The resulting confrontation produces an energy which, combined with Garber's technical virtuosity, wide-ranging erudition, and sly humor, propels the reader through that rare combination: a novel that is both consistently accessible and endlessly challenging. The House of Nordquist belongs on the must-read of anyone serious about fiction in the 21st Century. And it's fun, to boot.
- Steve North, author of Blind Justice

A book of this complexity is no ordinary tale to be told in any ordinary way. Foremost, absent of plot, it unravels not through exposition or logic or linear time, scene or action, but through dialogue, interrogation, and letters. And then, with its target in mind, this contradictory braided miasma of forces, it undercuts its own reality. It is a book whose aspirations go far beyond mere realism.
- Martin Nakell, author of Monk