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Acclaimed author's previously unpublished 1998 offbeat saga of greed, global finance, psychology, mysticism, and, yes, humanoid wolves.
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THE WOLF WHO SWALLOWED THE SUN by Donald Newlove

I've read a lot of quirky, unorthodox fiction in my time and I can say in all honesty that I've never come across anything quite like Donald Newlove's The Wolf Who Swallowed the Sun. But, then, what else should I have expected from the author of Sweet Adversity, a masterfully-executed 600-page seriocomic novel about alcoholic Siamese twin wannabe jazz musicians?

Subtitled A Jungian Fable of Family and Finance Across the Twentieth Century, Newlove's darkly comic novel, originally written in 1998, is the sweeping saga of one family's greed, extortion, and double-crossing as they strive to acquire a controlling interest in the world's wealth. It is also the story of Billy Baxter, heir to this massive fortune who, with the help of a married couple of Chinese-Swiss Jungian psychoanalysts (one of whom he has fallen in love with), seeks atonement for his family's sins. As an added twist that only a first-rate storyteller like Newlove could credibly pull off, Baxter also happens to be descendent from an ancient clan of humanoid wolves on the brink of extinction.

Cover design for the book.
Cover design for the book.

Format: Paperback
Pages: 252
Dimensions: 8.27" x 5.83" x 0.53"
Weight: 0.68 lbs.   

Praise for Donald Newlove's Earlier Works

The Painter Gabriel  (1970) 

"One of the best fictional studies of madness, descent, and purification that any American has written since Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
— Robert Hughes, Time magazine   

Sweet Adversity  (1978) 

"One of the most desperately funny books we've been given in a long time ... the novel is a convulsion of ghastly laughs and gorgeous writing."
— Frederick Busch, The New York Times 

"A dazzling highwire act ... the sheer inventiveness and strength of his writing turn risk into triumph, drunken monologues into subtle satire, A.A. meetings into riveting dramas, and what in another writer might be bathos into brilliant comedy ... probably the most clear-eyed and moving—and certainly one of the most honest—books ever written about  alcoholics."
— Lis Harris, The New Yorker 

"Easily one of the most ambitious American novels of the last fifty years."
— Brad Bigelow, The Neglected Books Page 

Eternal Life  (1979) 

"Sumptuous language, uprushing energy."
— Lynn Luria-Sukenick, The Village Voice 

Those Drinking Days: Myself and Other Writers  (1981) 

"Intoxication does mist and spiral in these pages, but it's the intoxication of language ... writing in all its peacock splendor, writing that crackles and sings."
— James Wolcott, Esquire 

About the Author

Donald Newlove was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1928, and currently lives in New York City's Greenwich Village. As a reporter, book reviewer, and short story writer, his work appeared in Esquire, New York Magazine, Evergreen Review, and The Saturday Review. His first novel, The Painter Gabriel (1970), was hailed by Time Magazine as "one of the best fictional studies of madness, descent, and purification that any American has written since Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Newlove is the author of several other novels, a series of books on the art of writing, and the critically acclaimed memoir, Those Drinking Days: Myself and Other Writers (1981). 

Newlove with the statue of James Joyce at Joyce’s gravesite in Zürich, Switzerland, mid-1980s. (Photo by Keith Guenthardt)
Newlove with the statue of James Joyce at Joyce’s gravesite in Zürich, Switzerland, mid-1980s. (Photo by Keith Guenthardt)

Where the Money Will Go

As with all my previous Kickstarter projects, my goal is simply to break even and get the book out there. For this campaign to be successful, I will need to raise $1,428. In the interest of full disclosure, here's how it all breaks down, assuming 102 U.S. pledges at $14 each:  

Kickstarter's 10% cut: $142.80
Printer set-up fees: $49.00
ISBN and bar code: $85.00
Cost to have 102 copies printed and shipped to me: $546.34
Cost to package and mail 102 copies domestically ($2.93 each): $298.86
Cost to have 10 copies printed and shipped to the author: $66.00
Royalties to the author for 102 copies ($2.34 each): $238.68
My profit: $1.32   

About Tough Poets Press 

Tough Poets Press  is a one-person independent publisher of rediscovered offbeat literary fiction and non-fiction founded in 2015. To date, I've published 11 books thanks to the generous support of the Kickstarter community, including the recent first-ever reissues of Donald Newlove's 1978 novel, Sweet Adversity, and Gil Orlovitz's 1970 experimental novel, Ice Never F.

Risks and challenges

There are really no risks or challenges. This will be the twelfth book I've produced and published so I've got the process down to a science. With the exception of the acknowledgments page, which will be updated when this Kickstarter campaign has ended, the book is complete and ready to go to the printer.

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