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A ground-breaking debut novel for the Lost-and-Found Generation

When you pick up a book at the store, are you tired of the hipster irony and back-to-nature post-post-modernism, the vampire love stories and political thrillers? Do you crave a gripping story to baffle and rattle your comfort, to ask all the hard questions of life and leave your mouth agape? Do you miss exacting, lush language to remind you why you love books? What of old world talent without new age apologies? Luckily, a new novel, "Returns and Exchanges" is here to save your sense of childish wonder, to ground and elevate you, to challenge your creeping surrender, to return your youthful striving.

What is this book about? With uncompromising vision, "Returns and Exchanges" captures the ethos of a freewheeling generation tethered, exploring all the great themes of literature - love, death, betrayal, genius, faith, mystery, fate and passion. Contemporary fiction that delves with abandon in New York and Nigeria, Berlin, Moscow and the American West, the book trails eight strong characters - young, old, optimistic and world-weary, ambitious and accomplished, secular and religious - as circumstance forces each to confront the double-edged sword of identity. A violinist virtuoso composes the First Symphony that will fuel his meteoric rise. A suburban misfit bucks the pressure of impending marriage, as a conformist's marital bliss unravels before her eyes. A European playboy must face his past to be reborn by fire. A New York grand dame turns debutante for a past love that will help recapture her youth. A bold journalist braves the wilds of Russia for the story of his life. An ambitious upstart from Texas bites into the Big Apple before it bites back. A refugee's secret exposed upends a lifetime of hiding in plain sight.

My literary influences include Thomas Mann, James Joyce, Herman Hesse, Dante Alighieri, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jorge-Luis Borges, Umberto Eco, Maimonides and Moses. To "taste" the first chapter of the book, visit: http://www.facebook.com/notes.php...

Where is your money going? The funds will be used to self-publish and market the book in both electronic and print formats, on the web and in bookstores. With your help through word of mouth, blogs, Twitter and whatever else works, I am thrilled to offer my debut novel, "Returns and Exchanges."

When you invest in this bold literary venture, you will get much more than just satisfaction for supporting a young writer. You will also see your name published in the text and on the book's Facebook site (only if you so wish) as a contributor, along with your very own print and/or electronic copy. Aside from my sincere gratitude, I will also bestow various thank-you gifts in proportion to your pledge. As an added bonus, the first 100 contributors will receive an exclusive invitation to the book release party to take place at a swanky downtown Manhattan location to be revealed.

Kindly watch the video and spread the word to family and friends. Thanks in advance for making my dream possible. You rock!

Stay up to date on my progress (and make sure to "Like" the book): http://www.ReturnsExchanges.com
Fan me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Yuri-Kruman/172426546103875
Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/returnsxchanges

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    1) A shout-out from the author (in each copy and on my site) + 2) the merit and satisfaction of helping a young writer bring his ambitious first novel to light.

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    For helping give life to the author's vision, you will receive: 1) an electronic copy for your e-reader (choose your format) + 2) mention as a contributor in the book/on the site at the Sustainer level + 3) a personal thank-you

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    So it's clear you've really taken an interest. For $25, I'll reward your commitment with: 1) an electronic edition (you choose your format) + 3) mention as a contributor at the "Friend of the Writer" level + 3) a personal thank-you note, but MOST IMPORTANTLY, 4) a signed copy of the book in print form.

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    More than just a friend, you deserve something special. For your dedication, I'll be happy to send you 1) a signed hard copy + 2) the e-reader version (your choice of format) + 3) mention at the Benefactor level + 4) a comprehensive, categorized list of books, websites and other resources used by the author for research (so you can really go in-depth as you read) + 5) a personal thank-you note

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    At the Strategic Partner level, you're not just backing a book, but helping to realize the author's life-long dream. Broke and hungry are just two qualifications for a great writer. He who makes a name for himself requires support. In addition to the awards at $50, I will happily give you your own individual Q&A by email.

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    Can't certify you as a saint quite yet, but a Patron you definitely are. You deserve to be treated well - very well. Consider yourself in for all the above, plus one better - let's grab dinner on my tab when you're in town. I'd be happy to talk all about the book, the process of writing, my life experience, and just about anything else that suits your fancy. You're a VIP in my book.

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    You're either REALLY generous (a Guarantor of sorts), a lost rich uncle or just maybe, crazy enough to like my ideas. In that case, I will meet and greet you, come bearing gifts, dine with you and answer any and all questions you may have about the book, my life story and anything else on any subject. Plus, I will also give you a personalized tour of New York City, revealing and informative even if you're a New Yorker yourself. Come on, you know you want to.

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    I'd have your babies, if I could. Now, this minute. No, really, I would. Barring that, you're in for something quite special. Writers often keep archives of their research, notes, manuscripts - always close to heart and far from the public's prying, lurid eyes. Ok, at least this writer still archives - I'm just old-fashioned, I suppose. For a pledge of $1000, I will... give you a full deluxe annotated copy of all my research, notes and all other materials used in the writing of this book. This includes a full bibliography and a reading list of my favorite volumes, to give a full picture of my literary influences and favorite authors. This still means we're on for dinner, and I'll happily come for a Q&A for you and your friends at your cocktail party, if you'll have me. All other awards from above are included here. Just one last thing - you're still the best, boo.

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    The strong, silent satisfaction of knowing you just outbid everyone else on the list. Hey - let's do business together - I've got movie rights to sell!

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