Busybodies … scandalous 

relationships … mysterious crimes.

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Inside Dumont

A NOVEL IN STORIES

by Michael Craft

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While dressing for dinner on New Year’s Eve, the last thing Marson Miles expects is to fall in love that night — with his wife’s nephew. But when Brody Norris arrives from California to join his uncle’s architectural firm, Marson finds his life turned upside down. And the quirky little town of Dumont, Wisconsin, will never be quite the same.

Inside Dumont is a reflective exploration of Marson’s later-life journey, set against a loving portrait of the place he and Brody will call home. This impressionistic chronicle of their growing relationship — and the orbit of events leading up to it — is told from a variety of viewpoints within a fluid timeline. The novel’s dozen episodic narratives range from tender to suspenseful, from romantic to mysterious, all of them brightened with a good measure of humor.

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Available in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audio.

264 pages, Questover Press. 

Copyright © 2016 by Michael Craft.

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“A delightful novel … laugh-out-loud funny … rollicking and engaging.”    — Kirkus Reviews

“Story by story, Michael Craft masterfully reveals the intricate threads of a historic town's social life—and unfolds the beginnings of a long-desired love.”   

Patricia Nell Warren, author of The Front Runner

“An elegantly written collection of interrelated stories. Wonderfully drawn characters, snappy dialogue, and an intimate feel for the town and its people.”   

Michael Nava, author of the Henry Rios novels

Notes

from the author.

WHILE WORKING toward my MFA some ten years ago, I became acquainted with and fascinated by an emerging hybrid medium sometimes referred to as “linked short stories” or a “novel in stories.”

The idea is simple enough: while a traditional novel consists of chapters (which cannot stand alone), the hybrid consists of linked stories (which can stand alone). Taken as a whole, the collection tells a larger story with the scope of a novel. The link can be a character, location, theme, or just about anything, and when the stories are read in sequence, they take on the feeling of episodes. A particularly fine example of this medium is Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (2008), which won a Pulitzer Prize.

Most of my previous writing has been in the realm of murder mysteries, but I had a serious itch to try something new, and the

result is Inside Dumont. Writing it was an absolute joy, as it allowed me to move from narrator to narrator, from third person to first, from past tense to present, all while maintaining the link, which is the character Marson Miles. In some stories he is front and center; in others, just passing through. The collection was not planned, but grew organically as one story suggested another. This is my first book written without an outline.

As a nod to my roots as a mystery writer, however, I also devised a fully plotted murder mystery (in this case, an attempted-murder mystery) within the condensed confines of a single short story. It turned out to be the longest of the twelve, titled “Carpet Queen.”

While working on Inside Dumont, I felt that something really clicked for me as a writer. I hope you’ll enjoy the results.

Michael Craft