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Colorado Independent Publishers Association
2023 EVVY Award Silver Medalist
in LGBTQ Fiction
(No Gold Medal Awarded)
On the cusp of turning eighteen, it’s time for Drew Lovell to become a man.
But deep within, Drew has questions—ones he doesn’t know how to phrase—about what that means and how to go about it.
During three intense stretches between 1985 and 1993, taking him into his mid-twenties, Drew undergoes a series of profound experiences—often wild, sometimes painful, and always revealing—that force him to rethink his current assumptions. Only after nearly dying from trying to conform to conventional models of masculinity does he begin to become the man he wants to be and not the one he thought the world required him to be. Still, he’s unable to live with full integrity until interaction with a pair of awakened humans inspires new awareness that helps him at long last embrace the truth of who he is.
From Goodreads reviews:
"A trippy, Rock-and-Roll novel with twists and turns that are sure to keep any reader guessing ... I could not put it down!"
"A heartbreaking yet laugh-out-loud novel. [Das's] poetic prose is hypnotic ... I found it heartfelt, honest, and true to the human condition."
"A read that I won't soon be forgetting. Das has a way of writing that comes across as very genuine, despite the wild things that are happening."
"Karuna Das does some great work with this piece, an entertaining one and also an easy-to-read way to ask the biggest questions who I am and why on earth am I here?"
"A really cool style of storytelling that I have rarely, if ever, seen before in another writer."
"Das has a great way with words, and he really paints a picture for the reader ... a book for adults of all sizes, shapes and creeds. You just need to have an open mind. The writing is excellent!"
"A kaleidoscopic adventure through the escapades—both sexual and otherwise—of a young man right on the cusp of adulthood."
"Sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes disturbing, sometimes both at the same time ... The writing is powerful and kept me glued to the book!"
from D. X. Varos Publishing
Independent Press Award
2023 Distinguished Favorite
in Visionary Fiction
Before her brain started behaving strangely, Kat Porter’s biggest worries were her upcoming tenure review and her partner’s desire to start a family.
Then she began unlocking abilities that bewildered her doctor and attracted a shadowy research firm intent on studying her at any cost.
Aided by a group of mystics awaiting a prophet, Kat must now master her new powers before Neuro-Logic Industries and its government associates gain control of her brain, with or without the rest of her. Forced to flee her comfortable life in Seattle, Kat goes on a journey of discovery that takes her to the peaks of the Canadian Rockies and transforms her understanding of the world. What happens next might just birth an evolution in human consciousness.
“At once thriller and search for meaning, Karuna Das’s story of an extraordinary woman’s self-discovery imagines a world of conspiracy at the edge of science where the stakes couldn’t be higher. Kat’s Cradle probes the very nature of existence and digs for answers at the intersection of medicine and mystery.”
— Tom Sweterlitsch, author of The Gone World
“Kat's Cradle is ... an inquiry into the nature of consciousness, evolution, and perspective that makes Kat just one of a series of strong characters whose lives intersect in ... its paradigm-changing inspection of humanity, spirituality, and forces beyond human ken.”
— D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“Kat’s Cradle is neuropunk at its mind-bending and truly optimistic finest.”
— Heidi Ruby Miller, author of the Ambasadora series
from D. X. Varos Publishing
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