MMA Fighter Lays the Smack Down on Own Self-Destruction
Zharmae Launches Dante Z˙˝iga-West's Exciting and Introspective "Rumble Young Man Rumble" in November 2014
About the Book:
Quinton Zanargo is a sensitive and angry young man who is about to become a Muay Thai prizefighter by accident. In his mid-twenties, hamstrung by a series of events that have been less than kind to him, Quinton chooses to make his home in the little town of Eugene, Oregon, where he hides from the world through compulsively renting movies at a local video store. His only friend is an antagonistic homeless man who lives behind the liquor store.
Stumbling through his drunken odyssey, Quinton finds a magic in ordered violence, winding up at a Muay Thai kickboxing gym run by an ex-hippy painter. Somehow, between squaring off against brutally efficient martial artists and falling for an alluring video store employee, Quinton rediscovers himself.
Rumble Young Man Rumble is a coming of age story that follows Quinton as he journeys from the black bag of misanthropy into the bright lights of a fighting arena. There, he learns the glaring truth behind an age-old prizefighting mantra: there are many fights in life, not all of which occur in the ring.
About the Author:
Dante Z˙˝iga-West is a storyteller who escaped from Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the Evergreen State College and the Cal Arts MFA Writing Program. His fiction has been published in numerous literary journals, both online and in print; his journalism, in alternative newspapers and adventure magazines. He has worked in various vocations, including: high school English teacher, librarian, kitchen cook, graduate teaching assistant, a counselor for the developmentally disabled, bouncer, Muay Thai kickboxing instructor, bartender, freelance journalist, newspaper editor, at-risk-youth counselor, and touring musician. He lives off the grid in the coastal mountain range of Oregon.
About Shannon & Elm:
An imprint of the Zharmae Publishing Press, Shannon & Elm seeks unpublished writers with powerful voices who have something compelling to say. We seek to reinvent literary fiction, sometimes blurring the standard genre lines. We recognize it is the writing that lands a book in the lit-fiction category, even if the story centers on crime, religion, business, education, romance, war, or parenting. We seek writing that resonates universally in which the language itself elevates the reading experience.
About The Zharmae Publishing Press, LLC.:
The Zharmae Publishing Press is a Pacific Northwest based Independent Publisher, dedicated to producing the best genre fiction from around the universe. Zharmae is a living, breathing idea of what the future of book publishing can and should be. TZPP is devoted to literary works of depth and detail as well as the broader knowledge and exchange of ideals that can be conveyed from the reading and analysis of fiction. Created with the notion that publishing can and should be hip, youthful, and accessible; as well as focused on author development with regards to both the art and science of writing, Zharmae is the result of this ongoing effort.
We are committed to producing work featuring elevated, poetic, and idiosyncratic prose that defies reader expectations.
The Zharmae Publishing Press, LLC.
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