Pickle's Progress (Paperback)

A Novel

By Marcia Butler

Central Avenue Publishing, 9781771681551, 288pp.

Publication Date: April 9, 2019

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Description

"The four main characters in Pickle's Progress seem more alive than most of the people we know in real life because their fears and desires are so nakedly exposed. That's because their creator, Marcia Butler, possesses truly scary X-ray vision and intelligence to match."  Richard Russo, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls

Marcia Butler's debut novel, Pickle's Progress, is a fierce, mordant New York story about the twisted path to love.

Over the course of five weeks, identical twin brothers, one wife, a dog, and a bereaved young woman collide with each other to comical and sometimes horrifying effect. Everything is questioned and tested as they jockey for position and try to maintain the status quo. Love is the poison, the antidote, the devil and, ultimately, the hero.

"With detached wit and restrained horror at her characters' behavior, Butler explores the volatile nature of identity in this provocative novel." — Booklist

"In this study of how childhood experiences shape perception, and how deception keeps people caged, Butler shows that nothing need be set in stone." — Kirkus Reviews

“Surprising and audacious…. Pickle’s Progress is a deeply weird novel that succeeds because of Butler’s willingness to take risks and her considerable charisma — she’s a gifted storyteller with a uniquely dry sense of humor and a real sympathy for her characters… a promising fiction debut from a writer who seems incapable of not going her own way.” — Michael Schaub, NPR.org


About the Author

Marcia Butler has had a number of creative careers: professional musician, interior designer, documentary filmmaker, and author. As an oboist, the New York Times hailed her as a “first rate artist.” Acclaimed interior designs include projects in NYC, Boston, and Miami. The Creative Imperative, her documentary film exploring the essence of creativity, will release in Spring 2019. Her memoir, The Skin Above My Knee, was one of the Washington Post’s “top ten noteworthy moments in classical music in 2017."  Pickle’s Progress is her fiction debut. She lives in New York City.