1st May 2022
Gold Wake Press Collective
Where do writers go when they die? The forgotten ones, at least, go to The Cafe of Minor Authors where they drink endless cups of cappuccino, self-obsess, and nurse their shattered dreams. Some authors, it’s rumored, can escape Oblivion if they try hard enough to write something the universe can’t ignore, even after death. This is the story of one ambitious writer stuck in oblivion who not only risks upturning his own fate but also the fate of his literary hero, and that of his great grandmother, Hanna, an aspiring actor in the Yiddish theater in the Prague of 1911. This book is for anyone who has ever wanted to be an author, anyone who knows an author, anyone who is an author, recognized or not, and anyone who loves books enough to want to spend their afterlife reading forgotten classics in the great library of Oblivion.
“A mesmerizing meditation on immortality, both the literary and fleshly kinds and its ultimate unattainability… like language, like summer, like love, Oblivion is irresistible.”- Junot Diaz, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
“A tour de force. Oblivion is a marvel of the imagination and intellect. Hemley has . . .created a book that is a relentless page turner: funny and wise, exuberant and sad, insightful and magical, and-most wonderful of all-deeply, deeply human.”-Connie May Fowler, author of How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly
“Oblivion is a deeply intelligent and strikingly honest exploration of what ultimately drives a writer to write, and the cold loneliness of the journey, and how literary success in one’s lifetime is, at best, a fickle proposition. I will tell every writer I know, struggling or successful, to read this book.”
– Kaylie Jones, author of Lies My Mother Never Told Me: A Memoir.