Sunday, March 31, 2013

"There is No Otherwise," by Ardin Lalui

When's the last time you read a *really* good short story? Critics are raving about Ardin Lalui's exquisite, gritty writing in "There Is No Otherwise." Don't miss this gem! $2.99.

There is No Otherwise, by Ardin Lalui

"Short stories make a tough calling card when entering the field of literature, but in the case of author Ardin Lalui this story, THERE IS NO OTHERWISE, proves to be a seductive entry into a field that has heavy competition - stories about the Americana of the dry, desolate, has-been plains of Texas and New Mexico. So this young lad from Irish descent has a vision of life in the dust of Texas farmlands - and that vision happens to be so well defined that in one short story he stands like a man with a very promising future. The quality of prose paints places and people so well that he can be compared very comfortably to writers such as his inspired guide Cormac McCarthy, and Colm Tóibín and Carson McCullers. Writing like this doesn't come around often, and when it does, it demands our close attention. Ardin Lalui appears to have a very solid future. Watch him." -- Grady Harp, Amazon Top 50 reviewer

This is the critically acclaimed and emotionally charged story of JP McGrath, a young cowboy who at sixteen finds himself working on the Tobin Ranch east of El Paso. JP has been forced to grow up fast, life has been hard, but his biggest test is yet to come. On a night out drinking with friends, a chain of events is set in motion as violent as it is unstoppable.

Already, JP has been hailed as having entered the ranks of the most interesting, sympathetic and poignant characters to populate the lonesome, literary West. This beautifully designed series of stories, of which this is the first, is fast becoming one of the most anticipated western collections of recent years.

"Haunting in its sorrow and filled with humor, this is a remarkable debut from one of the country's most exciting new writers." —Expo77

"This one is weighty and so laden with honesty that it will leave you aching for more." —Guerilla Book Worm

"There is No Otherwise, proves to be a seductive entry into a field of... stories about the Americana of the dry, desolate, has-been plains of Texas and New Mexico." —Grady Harp

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Meet the Author

Ardin Lalui was born in Ireland in 1981. He later lived in Eastern Europe, Africa, South America and Canada. He received a law degree from the University of Aberdeen but gave up the law to live a life of adventure. He has been writing since 2007 and published his first story on Amazon Kindle in 2012. His biggest influences are Cormac McCarthy and the lyrics of Tom Waits.

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