04/04/2015

Charlie Souby's second novel, A Shot of Malaria, has been published and is now available to the public. 

Charlie's website is www.charlesrsouby.com/ and here's a link that provides information about his appearance at a Barnes and Noble:
http://patch.com/california/millvalley/shot-malaria-charles-souby.

The Amazon.com link is http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_13?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=charles+souby+a+shot+of+malaria&sprefix=charles+souby%2Caps%2C123. 

My blog last November 14 said the book was due out in mid-January 2015, but that date was moved to April 1. 

I may be biased, since I copyedited the book and Charlie is an old friend I’ve known since our days at KABN Radio in Alaska in the 1980s, but I think he does a wonderful job with the characters and plot, and it's far more humorous than you might expect from a novel about a heroin addict. It provides a wealth of insights into a world that is quite different—but at the same time not so far removed from any of us. 

For anyone touched by addiction, either personally or through a family member, the book is a must-read. It opens the eyes to the ins and outs of treatment, particularly through methadone and counseling, while maintaining strong story-telling via the eyes of the main character. He really does an amazing job. 

For those who might be wary about spending the money and time on such a novel, there's an opportunity to get a taste of Charlie's writing for free by reading his short story, “The Durschlag Twins,” which was published by the Saturday Evening Post online. You can read it by going to http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2014/11/14/post-fiction/contemporary-fiction-art-entertainment/the-durschlag-twins.html

Charlie's first novel, Winifred, was revised and republished last November, and it is also highly recommended.