How the Hula Girl Sings by Chicago-based novelist and playwright Joe Meno, a recipient of the Nelson Algren Literary Award and a Pushcart Prize, is his standalone contemporary literary suspense novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.
This was originally published in 2001 by small press Punk Planet. This is a literary novel set in small town Illinois exploring the aftermath of a crime, for which one of the participants, now out on parole, embarks on a localized journey of self-discovery to find hope in the wreckage of his life.
Offered DRM-free through midnight December 21st, available worldwide directly from the publisher as part of their holiday advent calendar promotion.
Free for a limited time until around midnight EST December 21st (I think the download stays up several hours longer, but the offer officially expires then) @ the the publisher’s blog (DRM-free ePub & Mobi available worldwide), and you can read more about the book and its author over at the regular catalogue page
A young ex-con in a small Illinois town. A lonely giant with a haunted past. A beautiful girl with a troubled heart. Strange and darkly magical, How the Hula Girl Sings begins exactly where most pulp fiction usually ends, with the vivid episode of the terrible crime itself. Three years later, Luce Lemay, out on parole for the awful tragedy, does his best to finds hope: in a new job at the local Gas-N-Go; in his companion and fellow ex-con, Junior Breen, who spells out puzzling messages to the unquiet ghosts of his past; and finally, in the arms of the lovely but reckless Charlene. How the Hula Girl Sings is a suspenseful exploration of a country bright with the far-off stars of forgiveness, but still dark with the still-looming shadow of the death penalty.