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Welcome to Chatwin Books. We are a new publisher of print and digital books in a wide range of topics, run by a team with many decades of experience in all aspects of the book business.

At the heart of who we are, and what we do, is working with authors to support their craft, and their entire body of work, throughout the publication process. Using our experience and drive to help our authors create great books is the surest way our team can ensure a great experience for our readers.

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Chatwin Books publishes literary fiction, contemporary and collected poetry, and fine art and photography books. Our list is growing all the time. We ship from our location in downtown Seattle. 

Lit by Lightning

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Lit by Lightning

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From North Carolina comes the electrifying new voice of Nicole Sarrocco, whose debut novel Lit by Lightning—first in the Occasionally True series—is an intensely personal and strangely universal tale of finding grace in chaos, creating meaning from nonsense, and for heaven’s sake not making too much of a spectacle of yourself. A witty, hilarious, transcendent and disturbing tale of ghosts, manners, and the family we choose and the ones who choose us. 

This is a literary pinball machine continuously flashing “tilt” with a wondrous Southern...something you can somehow never quite find that right word for. 

Nicole Sarrocco, PhD lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and two children, but grew up in tobacco fields on the county line. Her second book in the Occasionally True series, Ill-Mannered Ghosts, will be published in early 2016. 

A Hardcover Limited Edition of 250 signed and numbered copies, with special text hand-written by the author, are available until sold out. The paperback edition is available on an unlimited basis.
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An excerpt from the novel:

"I could sweep together the dust of our hearts. The ashes of my grandparents’ house that didn’t burn. The complete fire that is death. The charred wood and the pulverized concrete and the souls of a million barbecued pigs. The dust in the corners of basements. Everything that isn’t the fire itself, the movement through the wires. All of it rolled up together and shot into the sky, into a firework—that’s a song you could sing out over the radio. The ones on the other side can hear us, then. If we can roll all of it together and name it out loud, send it out into space on transmitters or something—then they could hear us. If they can hear us, then we’d be able to hear them, too. That makes sense, doesn’t it?”