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The Vice Sutra
By Michael Wayne Hampton

Series Description:

The Vice Sutra is the story of Alex, a young man whose lies and base drives lead him on a journey through hidden sub-cultures and the world of day spa hopefuls searching for beauty. Along the way he must confront his father’s con-man legacy, shifting moral philosophy, a young woman who sparkles with new-age belief, and Dolly Harness, a self-styled Desire Educator who pushes him to follow his desires to an end. His story examines the constructs of belief and want, the power of words, and whether it is possible to emerge as a new creature through a drastic physical change.

Throughout the novel the reader must answer whether or not Alex will go through with his rebirth, if secrets are the only true power in the world, and if the words they hold dear deserve their devotion. It is a story of loss and redemption.

This novel is meant for readers interested in the existential questions raised by an increasingly impersonal world, and those who want to explore where desire and reality intersect. As this novel moves from the serious to the absurd often, the ideal reader for this book would be one who appreciates both Foucault and John Waters equally.

Category/Genre(s): Adult Fiction
Updated: Every Other Week
Status: Inactive



Author Bio For Michael Wayne Hampton:

Michael Wayne Hampton is the author of three books. His criticism, essays, fiction and poetry have appeared in The Southeast Review, McSweeney's, and Rust+Moth among many others. In 2013, he won The Deerbird Prize and in 2012 his work was nominated for inclusion in Best American Short Stories. Hampton has been a semi-finalist for the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, and a two-time finalist for the World's Best Short Story Contest. In 2014, he was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. He can be reached via Twitter @motelheartache, or through his website at michaelwaynehampton.com







Series Description:

The Vice Sutra is the story of Alex, a young man whose lies and base drives lead him on a journey through hidden sub-cultures and the world of day spa hopefuls searching for beauty. Along the way he must confront his father’s con-man legacy, shifting moral philosophy, a young woman who sparkles with new-age belief, and Dolly Harness, a self-styled Desire Educator who pushes him to follow his desires to an end. His story examines the constructs of belief and want, the power of words, and whether it is possible to emerge as a new creature through a drastic physical change.

Throughout the novel the reader must answer whether or not Alex will go through with his rebirth, if secrets are the only true power in the world, and if the words they hold dear deserve their devotion. It is a story of loss and redemption.

This novel is meant for readers interested in the existential questions raised by an increasingly impersonal world, and those who want to explore where desire and reality intersect. As this novel moves from the serious to the absurd often, the ideal reader for this book would be one who appreciates both Foucault and John Waters equally.

Category/Genre(s): Adult Fiction
Updated: Every Other Week
Status: Inactive


Author Bio For Michael Wayne Hampton:

Michael Wayne Hampton is the author of three books. His criticism, essays, fiction and poetry have appeared in The Southeast Review, McSweeney's, and Rust+Moth among many others. In 2013, he won The Deerbird Prize and in 2012 his work was nominated for inclusion in Best American Short Stories. Hampton has been a semi-finalist for the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, and a two-time finalist for the World's Best Short Story Contest. In 2014, he was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. He can be reached via Twitter @motelheartache, or through his website at michaelwaynehampton.com