Portland, OR — Unsolicited Press announces the acquisition of Alle C. Hall’s first novel, currently titled As Far as You Can Go Before You Have to Come Back. Dale Peck calls it, “A taut piece of writing, one of those one-foot-in-front-of-the-other-and-we-call-it-walking stories that left me holding out hope.”
With an excerpt from it recently named as a finalist for The Lascaux Prize, As Far as You Can Go Before You Have to Come Back is “a girl and her backpack” story — except that this girl, Carlie, she’s not just traveling. Carlie steals ten thousand dollars from her parents to get as far from them as possible. She flees to Asia. The Lonely Planet path of hook-ups, heat, alcohol, and drugs takes on a terrifying reality when seen through the eyes of a teenaged survivor.
Fortunately, Carlie is taken under the wing of a compassionate couple. The women convince her to come to Japan with them. Living in Tokyo in the late 1980s, teaching English, practicing tai chi, and sparring with two attractive male teachers, Carlie has the chance at another journey: one to find the self-respect ripped from her as a child and the healthy sexuality she desires.
About her book deal, Alle says, “When I received the email from Unsolicited, I was so excited, jumping around the house, that my fourteen-year-old asked, ‘Is publishing this book on your bucket list?’
I said, ‘Publishing this book is my bucket list.’
When As Far as You Can Go publishes in 2023, it will have been 30 years since I wrote the opening words: “I was watching myself from beside myself.” Like all but one writer I know, I took years to write the first draft. Then I submitted, was rejected, revised, sent out again, received more rejection. For 30 years (with a few years off for early motherhood) I knew — hoped deeply, anyway — that there was a book deal out there. I just had to wait long enough and work hard enough to find it.”
As Far as You Can Go Before You Have to Come Back is slated for release in May, 2023.
CURRENT BIO for ALLE C. HALL
Alle C. Hall’s was a finalist for 2020 The Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction. Other work appears in Dale Peck’s Evergreen Review, Litro, Tupelo Quarterly, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Necessary Fiction, Brevity (blog), Another Chicago, Literary Orphans, and The Citron Review. She is the former Senior Nonfiction Editor at jmww journal, the former Associate Editor of Vestal Review, placed First in The Richard Hugo House New Works Competition, and is a Best Small Fictions and Best of the Net nominee. Since 1991, Alle has made Seattle her home.
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