by Jason Skipper

9 x 6 paperback
218 pages
ISBN: 978-1-935708-34-6
Jason Skipper grew up in Texas and has worked as a bartender, snowboard instructor, and freelance journalist. He studied in the Master’s program at Miami University and in the PhD in Creative Writing program at Western Michigan University, where he was fiction editor of Third Coast. His stories have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Hotel Amerika and Mid-American Review, with awards and recognition from Zoetrope: All-Story, Glimmer Train, and Crab Orchard Review. In addition, he is the recipient of grants from Artist Trust and the Vermont Studio Center, as well as nominations for the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses and Best of the Web anthologies. He teaches creative writing and literature at Pacific Lutheran University and lives in Tacoma, Washington. 
“The central truth of Hustle is that we’re all on the edge of a cliff. This is a fine story, honestly told.” 
  — Charles Baxter, author of The Feast of Love

“A Southern portrait of the artist as a young man, with marvelous characters that keep you savoring every scene.”
  — Jaimy Gordon, National Book Award winner for Lord of Misrule

“If works of fiction could be harnessed as alternative sources of clean energy, then Hustle would be lighting up a town.” 
  — Stuart Dybek, author of The Coast of Chicago

“Exuberant . . . a funny, soulful, and vividly imagined book.” 
  — Peter Orner, author of The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo

“A promising first novel by an insanely talented writer . . . a haunting and ultimately exhilarating novel of the first order.” 
  — John Dufresne, author of Requiem, Mass.
Beat Eisele is a self-taught, semi-professional photographer from Switzerland near Zurich. His body of work incorporates people-, portrait- and lifestyle photography. His pictures have been exhibited in shows in Switzerland and may be seen in books and magazines.
In this powerful debut novel, an alcoholic ex-con man grandfather, his restless, philandering seafood salesman son, and his hopeful musician grandson struggle to make up for their past and somehow set course for the future. In the past, the grandfather has hustled for money; now he’s hustling for redemption. The son has hustled for women; now he’s hustling for love of a different sort. His son, Chris, is hustling to be a famous musician with enough money to solve his family’s unsolvable problems. Chris’s coming-of-age story explores the ways people struggle to fulfill their wants and desires—and what they are willing to sacrifice to feel free.
Cover artist: Beat Eisele
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Jason Skipper