The Insides (Paperback)

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Brace yourself: you’re in for a fun ride. With wildly inventive ideas, compelling suspense, and surprising emotional depth, The Insides captured my attention and imagination right from the start and never let go. Jeremy P. Bushnell is a playful and adventurous writer, coloring outside the lines of genre, breaking the real world open and building his own between the cracks. In a feat of literary street magic, he blends the ordinary and the surreal together into a harmony that feels perfectly right and true even as it disorients the senses. He makes his characters and their stories feel important and authentic without ever taking them too seriously. The result is a quirky paradox of a novel: fierce yet tender, lighthearted yet severe, weird yet natural. This is a book I won’t soon forget.

Jason

June 2016 Indie Next List


“With wildly inventive ideas, compelling suspense, and surprising emotional depth, The Insides captured my attention and imagination right from the start. Bushnell is a playful and adventurous writer, coloring outside the lines of genre, breaking the real world open and building his own between the cracks. In a feat of literary street magic, he blends the ordinary and the surreal together into a harmony that feels perfectly right and true even as it disorients the senses The result is a quirky paradox of a novel: fierce yet tender, lighthearted yet severe, weird yet natural.”
— Jason Foose (W), Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ

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“With The Insides, Jeremy P. Bushnell doesn’t so much mash genres together as slice them apart to find the filets. It’s a literary urban fantasy with sharp things to say about the way we live now, darkened by a touch of Scandinavian thriller: rich and urgent and weird, a novel that defies categorization but demands to be consumed.”
—Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

“The Insides begins with all the freewheeling magic and humor of The Weirdness, then ups the ante with danger, suspense, and rich emotional resonance. If you love fierce, witchy leading ladies, facing down evil, and traveling to strange realms that will explain your life before they haunt you forever, this is the book for you.” 

—Alyssa Harad, author of Coming to My Senses
 
Ollie Krueger’s days as a punk kid practicing street magic are are mostly behind her. Now she’s a butcher at Carnage, a high-end restaurant offering deconstructed takes on meat. On busy nights Ollie and her partner, Guychardson, race to see who can produce the most finished cuts. Ollie’s the better butcher, but somehow Guychardson always wins ... and Ollie thinks maybe it’s because the mysterious knife he uses is magic.
 
Before she knows it, Ollie’s interest in the knife has thrown her square in the path of a dangerous ex-marine called “Pig” and his hired psychic, Maja, who are on the hunt for the knife too—who want it so badly, in fact, that they might kill for it.
 
Now, magic is back in Ollie’s life and she’s being chased through New York City, with the fabric of space-time tattering around her and weird inter-dimensional worms squirming their way into her kitchen.  And before it's all over she’s going to need to face up to the Possible Consequences of some bad decisions, to look at the uncomfortable truths that she stuffed away long ago, deep down ...  inside . . .

About the Author


Jeremy P. Bushnell is the author of The Weirdness (Melville House). He teaches writing at Northeastern University in Boston and lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.

Praise For…


“With The Insides, Jeremy P. Bushnell doesn’t so much mash genres together as slice them apart to find the filets. It’s a literary urban fantasy with sharp things to say about the way we live now, darkened by a touch of Scandinavian thriller: rich and urgent and weird, a novel that defies categorization but demands to be consumed.”
—Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

“The Insides begins with all the freewheeling magic and humor of The Weirdness, then ups the ante with danger, suspense, and rich emotional resonance. If you love fierce, witchy leading ladies, facing down evil, and traveling to strange realms that will explain your life before they haunt you forever, this is the book for you.” 
—Alyssa Harad, author of Coming to My Senses
 
"Everyone is after a magic knife in Jeremy Bushnell’s gripping supernatural thriller. What’s so special about this shard of a sword? It can cut through space and time....Each of the characters comes with a fascinating backstory—so intriguing...with a hopeful yet creepy ending." The Washington Post

"Like Lev Grossman’s The Magicians...The Insides is a book with magic in it but isn’t actually about magic. A fast-paced quick read with intriguing characters, droll dialogue, and a clever conceit." —Tor.com

"Bushnell's excellent second novel...[is] an off-the-wall tale. The alternating protagonists translates into a very fast read, as does Bushnell’s hyper-realistic prose." —Publishers Weekly

"[A] madcap tale about a retired street musician who puts her quick hands to use as a butcher, swearing off street performances for good. UNTIL! She discovers a magical knife, and gets wrapped up with a seedy crew that covets it." —Huffington Post

"A gritty and sometimes gruesome urban fantasy about magic and consequences." —Suvudu

"[L]ike a Gaiman novel, except grittier and messier." —Don't Mind the Mess

Praise for The Weirdness

“This book is wild. And smart. And hilarious. And weird . . . in all kinds of good ways. Prepare to be weirded out. And to enjoy it.” 
Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

“Wonderfully weird and entertaining.”
Esquire

“Utterly charming, silly, and heartily entertaining.”
Boston Globe

“In many ways, this is an illuminating parable for these times . . . you’ll just wish you had more of this delightful novel still left to read.”
San Francisco Bay Guardian


Product Details
ISBN: 9781612195469
ISBN-10: 1612195466
Publisher: Melville House
Publication Date: June 14th, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English
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