Laura Nicoara reviewed The Book of Transparencies in Heavy Feather Review, calling it, "a stream-of-consciousness tour de force, created through free association rather than logic. ... it is not for the story that one reads it, not even for the characters, but for the process of reading itself, and for the insight it gives into the process of writing."
Many thanks to Dana Wilde for mentioning The Paper Coast in his OFF RADAR book column. Dana writes of the stories in The Paper Coast, "If you read them in bed, beware what happens after you fall asleep."
I’m thrilled and grateful that Bill Bushnell, writing in his column “Bushnell On Books,” called the stories in The Paper Coast “fascinating…all written in smart, lyrical prose.” He especially liked the unfortunate Maine Historical Society plumbing disaster scene in “The Owl in the Road,” which Bushnell called “hilarious.”
“The Butler’s Life” and “Moon Park” appeared in Posit 19 along with a bunch of other talented writers including Elizabeth Robinson, Mathew Cooperman, and Tongo Eisen-Martin. In their introduction to the issue, Posit editors wrote, “Jefferson Navicky’s bracingly original yet understated tales flicker between the surreal and the recognizable. ‘The Butler’s Life’ depicts an unexpected and yet recognizable servitude, considering how much we will sacrifice to avoid abandoning another post. And the dark fairy tale, ‘Moon Park,’ contemplates what we will do to ‘smell all the smells under the smells,’ and ‘hear what’s really there.’”
In The Book of Transparencies, the narrator discovers a book in a community college library that changes his life. With increasing intensity, he traces both story and author through New York, Paris, Italy, and Berlin, arriving finally in Maine where the author disappeared decades ago. Part epic love story, part detective novel, The Book of Transparencies is an archive of a man's life, which comes to include the narrator himself. Its pages speak to the permeable, intersecting nature of our memories, and the efforts we make to bring the pieces into wholeness. Order now from KERNPUNKT Press. The book will be available in December 2018.
Jefferson read with fellow poets Annie Seikona, Gary Lawless, and Steve Luttrell. It was a beautiful night in the Longfellow Garden. (photo by Krista Heatley)
(photo by Natasha Rubanov, courtesy of Rob Lieber)