ECKLEBURG BOOK CLUB | Freefall: A Divine Comedy by Lily Iona MacKenzie

During a four-day reunion in Whistler, B.C., Tillie Bloom, a wacky installation artist, reconnects with three women she had hung out with in the late ’50s and early ’60s. While in Whistler, secrets surface and a near death experience occurs during a hike, both of which bind the women at a deeper level. Their new intimacy prompts them to celebrate the millennium as well as their approaching sixtieth birthdays in Italy. So a few weeks later, Tillie travels to Venice to have an extended reunion with her friends. While the women assume they’re in Venice to vacation and deepen their relationships, Tillie has a hidden agenda: she intends to crash the Venice Biennale, hoping to find a larger audience for her art. Cupid’s arrows complicate her goals when she and an Italian priest fall for each other. The reflective quality of Venice’s canals also create unexpected changes in the women, causing them to turn inward. They all end up with a fresh take on themselves and their lives. Tillie, in particular, experiences a deeper understanding of herself. But will it take her on a path she’s ready to travel, and will Venice finally give her the recognition she seeks as an artist?


What People Are Saying about Freefall: A Divine Comedy

Can the story of four women turning sixty be called a coming-of-age novel? Because that’s what Freefall is. Part pain, part humor, part magical, and part philosophical, this is an enchanting story about old friends reuniting to try to find themselves as they struggle with thoughts on aging, religion, motherhood, men, art, and death. A delightful trip in every respect, with plenty of surprises and laughs along the way. A Divine Comedy, indeed! Yes! —Mark Willen, author of the novels Hawke’s Point and Hawke’s Return

Hilarious, spiritual, and sensual, Lily Iona MacKenzie's wonderful novel Freefall: A Divine Comedy takes you on a rollicking ride spanning three countries (San Francisco Bay Area, Whistler, B.C., Venice, Italy) and four decades. These fascinating characters will fill your imagination, defying expectations about aging, art, and what truly matters in life. —Laurie Ann Doyle, award-winning author of World Gone Missing

What I love most about "Freefall: A Divine Comedy" is that the main character Tillie refuses to be limited by anything as artificial as age, or really by anything at all. We follow Tillie and her 3 remarkable friends as they travel to Venice, meet a pigeon who's the reincarnation of Tillie's former lover, and reveal long hidden secrets. Along the way, masks of all kinds are discarded and death becomes another passage rather than some dreadful end. This intriguing novel will entertain you, but more importantly shake your assumptions about aging to their very core. Highly recommended! —F. S. Brown, InD’tale Magazine

Publisher’s Information

<li><b>PUBLISHER:</b> Pen-L Publishing</li>
<li><b>ISBN:</b> 978-1683131960</li>
<li><b>DIMENSIONS:</b> 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches</li>
<li><b>PAGES:</b> 257]</li>
<li><b>PRICE:</b> $14.97</li>
<li><b>RELEASE DATE:</b> 01/01/2019</li>
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Curva Peligrosa by Lily Iona Mackenzie

When Curva Peligrosa arrives in Weed, Alberta, after a twenty-year trek on the Old North Trail from southern Mexico, she stops its residents in their tracks. With a parrot on each shoulder, a glittering gold tooth, and a wicked trigger finger, she is unlike anything they have ever seen before. Curva is ready to settle down, but are the inhabitants of Weed ready for her? Possessed of an insatiable appetite for life and love, Curva’s infectious energy galvanizes the townspeople, turning their staid world upside down with her exotic elixirs and unbridled ways. Toss in an unscrupulous americano developer and a one-eyed Blackfoot chief, stir them all together in a tornado’s tempestuous tumult, and the town of Weed will never be the same again. A lyrical account of one woman’s journey and the unexpected effects it has on the people around her, Curva Peligrosa pulses with the magic at the heart and soul of life. READ MORE

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Discussion Questions for Freefall: A Divine Comedy

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About Lily Iona MacKenzie


A Canadian by birth, a high school dropout, and a mother at 17, in my early years, I supported myself as a stock girl in the Hudson’s Bay Company, as a long-distance operator for the former Alberta Government Telephones, and as a secretary (Bechtel Corp sponsored me into the States). I also was a cocktail waitress at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, briefly broke into the male-dominated world of the docks as a longshoreman (I was the first woman to work on the SF docks and almost got my legs broken), founded and managed a homeless shelter in Marin County, co-created The Story Shoppe, a weekly radio program for children that aired on KTIM in Marin County, CA, and eventually earned two Master’s degrees (one in creative writing and one in the humanities). I have published reviews, interviews, short fiction, poetry, travel pieces, essays, and memoir in over 155 American and Canadian venues. My novel Fling! was published in 2015. Curva Peligrosa came out in 2017. Freefall: A Divine Comedy was released in January 2019. My poetry collection All This was published in 2011. I currently teach creative writing at the University of San Francisco's Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning. I also blog at http://lilyionamackenzie.com.

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ECKLEBURG BOOK CLUB | Sightseeing by MichaelOnofrey

Sightseeing is a tale of lust and art set in Paris, France. Intrigue haunts the prose where hilarity and evil arise in a twist of collaboration. Minus any personal background, a woman and a man explore one another while regarding masterpieces of fine art and the historic sites of Paris.


What People Are Saying about Sightseeing

Sightseeing, stealthily and meticulously explores Paris and art in a tale that delves into questions of personal choice and identity with a knowing immediacy that has us questioning our own perceptions and views of art and storytelling.

Ed Meek, author of Luck, What We Love and Spy Pond

A mystery woman lures a willing stranger into a fantasy world where time is fluid, and art informs life. With its noir intrigue reminiscent of French new age cinema and its masterful prose, this remarkable novella will keep you guessing.

Alexis Rhome Fancher, author of Enter Here and Junkie Wife

Onofrey's prose has a mannered veneer that is made strange, made fascinating by how exacting and mysterious it is. Fans of Kazuo Ishiguro, or Dead Ringers-era David Cronenberg, here's a book for you.

Alex Higley, author of Old Open

Publisher’s Information

<li><b>PUBLISHER:</b> Clash Books</li>
<li><b>ISBN:</b> 978-1944866440</li>
<li><b>DIMENSIONS:</b> 5x0.3x8 inches</li>
<li><b>PAGES:</b> 124]</li>
<li><b>PRICE:</b> $12.95</li>
<li><b>RELEASE DATE:</b> 05/14/2019</li>
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Recommended Works by MichaelOnofrey

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Tradegy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana Del Rey & Sylvia Plath by Edited by Leza Cantoral

This is an anthology of stories from a variety of writers that reflect a wide range of voices and themes, where fantasy and reality mix in settings that embrace current situations. READ MORE

Nightwood by Djuna Barnes

As William Burroughs put it: "One of the great books of the twentieth century." The language of this novel is magical. T.S. Eliot's introduction is well worth reading because the style and voice of the story are so dazzling that the book's plot might very well slip by the reader. READ MORE

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About MichaelOnofrey


Michael Onofrey grew up in Los Angeles. Currently he lives in Japan. Over ninety of his short stories have appeared in journals and magazines. Seven stories have been anthologized. A novel, "Bewilderment," was published by Tailwinds Press in 2017.

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ECKLEBURG BOOK CLUB | Late Stories by Stephen Dixon

The interlinked tales in this collection detail the excursions of an aging narrator navigating the amorphous landscape of grief in a series of tender and often waggishly elliptical digressions. Described by Jonathan Lethem as “one of the great secret masters” of contemporary American literature, Stephen Dixon is at the height of his form in these uncanny and virtuoso fictions.

What People Are Saying about Late Stories

“Masterful. [Dixon] considers his health, his sociability, his children, and his career in the fading light of his wife’s memory.” —Foreword Reviews

“Why isn’t Dixon a household name? […] His writing, which is plainspoken and deceptively straightforward, is the sort that sticks with you, because it cuts to the uncertainty of life […] Dixon is a master of the minor moments, the dreams and the disappointments, that transfigure every one of us.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Late Stories is a fantastic mourning, fantastically written.” —The Paris Review

Publisher’s Information

  • PUBLISHER: Curbside Splendor
  • ISBN: 978-1940430874
  • DIMENSIONS: 5.5×8.5
  • PAGES: 250]
  • PRICE: $9.99
  • RELEASE DATE: 09/01/2016
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About Stephen Dixon

Stephen Dixon is the author of several books, including Frog and Interstate, which were nominated for the National Book Award. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy Institute of Arts and Letters Prize for Fiction, the O. Henry Award, and a Pushcart Prize.

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