Details

ISBN-10: 1953387160
ISBN-13: 9781953387165
Publisher: Two Dollar Radio
Publish Date: 03/22/2022
Dimensions: 7.40" L, 5.50" W, 0.90" H

My Volcano

Paperback

Price: $18.99

Overview

* Winner of the Sator New Works Award.
* New York Public Library’s “Best Books of 2022”
* Kirkus Reviews‘ “Best Fiction Books of 2022”
* 2022 Brooklyn Public Library Book Prize, Longlist.
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“A Most Anticipated Book”
Lambda Literary, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Tor.com, The Chicago Review of Books, LGBTQReads, Ms. Magazine, The Mary Sue

My Volcano is a kaleidoscopic portrait of a menagerie of characters, as they each undergo personal eruptions, while the Earth itself is constantly shifting. Parable, myth, science-fiction, eco-horror, My Volcano is a radical work of literary art, emerging as a subversive, intoxicating artistic statement by John Elizabeth Stintzi.

On June 2, 2016, a protrusion of rock growing from the Central Park Reservoir is spotted by a jogger. Three weeks later, when it finally stops growing, it’s nearly two-and-a-half miles tall, and has been determined to be an active volcano.

As the volcano grows and then looms over New York, an eight-year-old boy in Mexico City finds himself transported 500 years into the past, where he witnesses the fall of the Aztec Empire; a Nigerian scholar in Tokyo studies a folktale about a woman of fire who descends a mountain and destroys an entire village; a white trans writer in Jersey City struggles to write a sci-fi novel about a thriving civilization on an impossible planet; a nurse tends to Syrian refugees in Greece while grappling with the trauma of living through the bombing of a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan; a nomadic farmer in Mongolia is stung by a bee, magically transforming him into a green, thorned, flowering creature that aspires to connect every living thing into its consciousness.

With its riveting and audacious vision, My Volcano is a tapestry on fire, a distorted and cinematic new work from the fiercely talented John Elizabeth Stintzi.

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Additional Reading:
The Rumpus presents: "What to Read When It's the End of the World," a reading list by My Volcano author John Elizabeth Stintzi, April 22, 2022.


My Volcano is Winner of the Sator New Works Award
The Sator New Works Award, selected by Two Dollar Radio editors, goes to an author who identifies as transgender or non-binary for a book-length work of fiction or non-fiction. This publishing prize was made possible by Sator Press, a nonprofit publishing company operated by Ken Baumann from 2009-2019.


My Volcano is included in the New York Public Library's "Best Books of 2022"
View the full list of "Best Books for Adults 2022"

My Volcano is included in Kirkus Reviews' "Best Fiction Books of 2022"
View the full list of "Best Fictional Voices of 2022"

My Volcano is Longlisted for the 2022 BPL Book Prize
Brooklyn Public Library and the Brooklyn Eagles announce the longlist nominees for the 2022 BPL Book Prize.

"Stintzi's prose is a flow of incredible empathy. Reading along is like watching a master painter in progress, as My Volcano is a triumph in every way I can imagine: in form, genre, and prose. If we are lucky, if we live in one of the better timelines of Stinzti's world, My Volcano will be read and studied for many years to come."
–Ben Ghan, Filling Station
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"In this novel, Stintzi explores cultural, geographical, personal, and emotional relationships. In tandem, themes of global society, technology, and the digital disconnect of modern life punctuate the book with a resonant insight. My Volcano is a gorgeous unpacking of what it means to live as the world changes around us in ways we don't always understand."
–Wendy J. Fox, BuzzFeed
"17 Books From Independent Publishers You Need To Read This Summer"

"My Volcano by John Elizabeth Stintzi is beautiful, weird and profound... I will be thinking about My Volcano for a long time. It's a fascinating, ambitious and energetic novel, and a feat of story construction. So many balls are in the air, but the author juggles them beautifully. Stintzi's writing is crisp, quick and clear, and their imagination is extraordinary. I flew through this book."
–Michael P. Ventura, Books on GIF
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"There is nothing I can write about this book that will capture the whole of it. It is a piece of surreal and beautiful art that defines categorization and explanation. In June of 2016, a massive volcano begins growing in Central Park. From there, a disjointed but beautifully symphonic narrative emerges, as characters all over the world begin to experience strange events. Somehow, in writing about giant bugs and time travel and weird escape rooms and magical bees, Stintzi has hit on some essential truth about what it feels like to be a human on this bizarre, heartbreaking, ever-changing, impossible planet."
–Laura Sackton, BookRiot
"20 Must-Read Under the Radar Queer Books From the First Half of 2022"

"As My Volcano unfurls outward, growing more surreal and bizarre, leading to eruptions both figurative and literal, it becomes a story about our struggle to connect with those we love and the planet we seem hellbent on destroying... Akin to Isabel Waidner and Jenny Hval, two marvellous writ-ers whose surrealist work defies categorisation, Stintzi doesn't concern themselves with the reader's ability to keep up. Instead, they adopt a style that suits the story, a style reflective of volcanoes and seismic activity–unstable, fluid and constantly shifting underfoot.... My Volcano might be steeped in the strange, the absurd, and the esoteric, but Stintzi's care for the planet and their desire for us all to be better than we are couldn't be any more lucid and direct."
–Ian Mond, Locus Magazine
(Read the review of My Volcano)

"John Elizabeth Stintzi (My Volcano) On Writing A Doomscroll Novel And Finding Humanity In The Absurd" (June 14, 2022)
Listen to the Origin Story Podcast interview

"Ultimately, the novel gives us a funhouse mirror of ourselves and our society: entertaining, thought-provoking, and purposefully strange. The volcano–any of our volcanoes–always threatens to overwhelm, demanding our attention. The question remains what, if anything, we will do about it."
–Nathaniel Drenner, Independent Review of Books
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"Written in brief excerpts, My Volcano is an absurd and moving examination of people's reactions when the unexpected happens... These stories unfold and build to a bigger narrative of the present."
–Margaret Kingsbury, BuzzFeed News
"26 Science Fiction And Fantasy Novels By Trans And Nonbinary Authors"

"The premise of My Volcano is weird and wonderful: one day in 2016, a growth sprouts up in Central Park. Over the next few weeks, it gets bigger and bigger and is ultimately determined to be a volcano. Against this backdrop, Stintzi weaves a kaleidoscope of stories showing the mundane, momentous, and increasingly bizarre ways Manhattan's newest resident creeps into the lives of a variety of characters."
–Allison McNearney, The Daily Beast
"The Best Summer Beach Reads of 2022"

"It starts with a volcano sprouting up in Central Park. A kaleidoscopic portrait of a menagerie of characters, as they each undergo personal eruptions, while the Earth itself is constantly shifting. A parable, myth, science-fiction, eco-horror, and a radical work of literary art."
–Emily Pullen, New York Public Library
"New LGBTQ Fiction for Pride 2022"

"My Volcano by John Elizabeth Stintzi, published by Two Dollar Radio, is the kind of book that makes indie publishers so important."
–John Warner, Chicago Tribune
"Biblioracle discusses the enduring trend of time travel books"

"The stories and narrators of John Elizabeth Stintzi's novel reflect on a variety of societal responses to ecological trauma–including a desire to capitalize on it."
CBC Books
"11 Canadian books to read for Earth Day 2022"

"[Stintzi's] new novel, My Volcano, is an ambitious tapestry of characters from all over the world, across time and space, all experiencing different versions of eco-catastrophe. Stintzi's work is kaleidoscopic in scope and depth, and they are a gifted storyteller no matter the genre."
–Sarah Neilson, Shondaland
"Trans and Nonbinary Writers to Read on This National Transgender Day of Visibility and Beyond"

"This innovative work of eco-horror follows a cast of characters from Tokyo to Afghanistan to Jersey City. Stintzi documents particularly strange moments in their lives all under the shadow of a scientifically incomprehensible Mount Fuji-sized volcano growing in the middle of Central Park. Gripping and disorientingly realistic, My Volcano is truly a unique exploration of vengeance and human struggle."
–Amanda Rivera, Bookshop.org
"Independent Press Books for Independence Day"

My Volcano included in "14 new books to revive your reading life."
–Katie Yee, Lit Hub

"One of the most exhilarating [novels] I've read in years."
–Abeni Jones, Autostraddle
(Read the review of My Volcano)

"A kaleidoscopic, contemporary folktale with added acerbic juice, like when Dylan went electric. Stintzi somehow funnels the tumultuous present into a sprawling novel of collision and connection that's both timely and timeless. This is very weird shit indeed."
–Hazel Jane Plante, author of Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian)

"My Volcano, John Elizabeth Stintzi's audacious second novel, is a phantasmagoria of barely controlled chaos... My Volcano suggests we are much more than our bodies–these needy carapaces that house us–and more, even, than our individual consciousnesses."
–Zsuzsi Gartner, Literary Review of Canada
(Read the full review of My Volcano in Literary Review of Canada)

"Packed with astonishing imagery, poetry, ideas, and true weirdness, this book begins with one concept–a volcano in Central Park–only to continuously 'elevate' from there–on every single page–yet always keeping masterful control."
–Michael Narkunski, Booksoup (West Hollywood, CA)

^Image from @mikenark

"Short, punchy chapters paint a vast, weird portrait of our world that spans concurrent timelines. My Volcano has romance, queer becoming, body horror, cli-fi, resistance, and even commercials."
–Brooke Kolcow, The Rumpus
"A Conversation with John Elizabeth Stintzi" (March 28th, 2022)

"A boy in Mexico City transported to 16th Century Tenochtitlan. A Mongolian shepherd transformed into a hive mind by a bee sting. A volcano growing out of a pond in Central Park. John Elizabeth Stintzi's strange new novel is a dizzying spiral through time, space, and lives. Punctuated by the names of real-world victims of police brutality and hate crimes, My Volcano is a harrowing, yet hopeful, meditation on our present and our future."
–Travis, staff pick, Bookshop Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)

"My Volcano is a pre-apocalyptic tale following a cast of characters from all over the world, each experiencing private and collective eruptions. From a jogger discovering a growing active stratovolcano in Central Park to a boy living through the fall of the Aztec Empire, My Volcano moves through time and space to create a contemporary story about climate change."
CBC Books
"26 Canadian Books to Read for Pride"

"A fever dream that whirs together homicide statistics from 2016 with an array of outlandish science fiction tropes. An allegory about the mutability of all things. An unsettling meditation on the 21st century's strange reality. An apocalyptic phantasmagoria where bizarre kaiju roam the lands and wreak havoc. A lyrical treatise on volcanoes as metaphors. A wild ride. Future students of My Volcano... will offer myriad theses about the true nature of the author's stupendous book. The unfettered abundance, uniqueness and irreducibility of My Volcano will likely encourage as many interpretations as the book has readers."
–Brett Josef Grubisic, The Toronto Star
(Read the full review of My Volcano)

"With the panoramic scope and astute sharpness of Samanta Schweblin's Little Eyes and the eerie chill of Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach trilogy, John Elizabeth Stintzi's My Volcano immediately grabs you by the shirt and doesn't let you go. Structured like a spiral moving through time and space, and deftly mixing history and myth and vision with poetic prose, this dread-inducing book will keep you up at night until you get to its last devastating, but ultimately, I think, hopeful line."
–Alicia Elliott, bestselling author of
A Mind Spread Out on the Ground

My Volcano by John Elizabeth Stintzi one of "March's Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Literature."
Lambda Literary

"When it comes to John Elizabeth Stintzi's novel My Volcano, a volcano bursting from the ground below Central Park manages to be one of the less weird aspects of the plot. Stinzi's novel also includes time travel, folktales, and a character transforming into a being with a steadily growing hive mind. This is not a book that lacks ambition."
–Tobias Carroll, Tor.com
"Can't Miss Indie Press Speculative Fiction for March and April 2022"

"Time travel, bodily transformations, and uncanny folktales–this novel looks like it has it all. (And that's before we get into the massive volcano looming over Central Park.) For a novel where the scale of ambition meshes perfectly with the array of imagery on display, My Volcano has plenty to offer."
Vol. 1 Brooklyn, "March 2022 Book Preview"

"A strange rock in Central Park grows into a two-mile-wide, active volcano within three weeks. Flittering around this eco-horror story are fragments of other moments for people worldwide experiencing shifts in the natural world. Of the many stories, some include involuntary time travel, PTSD from civilians living through war, a common injury gone awry, writers' block, and fiery folkloric studies."
–Alyssa Shotwell, The Mary Sue
"The Mary Sue Book Club, March 2022"

Host Lauren Korn interviews poet and novelist John Elizabeth Stintzi, JES, about My Volcano, "a meticulously-crafted tapestry of a novel... This is a conversation about reality and identity you don't want to miss."
The Write Question, Montana Public Radio
"The art of the eruption: John Elizabeth Stintzi's My Volcano" March 24, 2022

"A volcano emerges in Central Park. A man is stung by a bee and slowly transforms into an engulfing network of green. A golem arises from the desert to destroy polluted cities. My Volcano is apocalyptic & psychedelic but is also quiet and tender. As much about identity, exhaustion, and home as it is about climate change, colonialism, and the end of the world."
–Josh Cook (Porter Square Books), Lit Hub
"Indie Booksellers Recommend the best of Independent Presses This February and March"

"Holy shit! Do NOT sleep on this book... My Volcano has barbs that dug into me, and I wasn't sure which way it was going to whip me from section to section... it had me hooked and I was all the way in."
–Joseph Edwin Haeger, The Big Smoke
(Read the full review of My Volcano)

"5 Questions with John Elizabeth Stintzi, Author of My Volcano"
–City Lights Bookstore, Mar 21, 2022

"My Volcano is a novel as bracing and fractured as its title. Part parable, part science fiction, part eco-horror, Stintzi takes readers on a whiplash-inducing ride from modern day New York and Greece to the ancient Aztec empire that's not easily shaken off after the turn of the final page."
The Chicago Review of Books
"12 Must-Read Books of March"

Listen to author John Elizabeth Stintzi read from their novel My Volcano.
Poets & Writers 2/16/2022
Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

"With My Volcano, John Elizabeth Stintzi joins the ranks of authors playing with the mythic proportions of the climate crisis through fantastical imaginings."
–Liza Monroy, Publishers Weekly
"Atmospheric Pressure: New Books on Climate Change"

"I will read anything that comes from JES's twisted imagination and love it. This ingenious, insightful, unconventional and expansive eco-horror is no exception."
–Karla J. Strand, Ms. Magazine
"Most Anticipated Reads for the Rest of Us 2022"

"John Elizabeth Stintzi's deranged Mobius-strip of a book is perhaps most likely to remind readers of Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation."
–Arlene McKanic, BookPage
(Read the full review of My Volcano)

–Dahlia Adler, LGBTQReads
"Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Adult Fiction: January-June 2022"

"With My Volcano, John Elizabeth Stintzi has penned one of the most apoplectic apocalypses ever. This is the type of book to turn your book club into a fight club. It defies explanation and categorization, tangling international scale with microscopic focus using short, almost fragmentary chapters. There's an ecohorror epic about a hivemind plant army in Mongolia. There's Mt. Fuji springing from Central Park like a slo-mo cut of Athena's birth. There's one plotline that feels like unrelated autofiction until the horrific kitty tumors start forming. There's a European woman who wakes up as an insect and has the kind of day that would make Kafka blush. There's a tent of octopus legs! There's lemons! Oh God, are there lemons. Devotion, enthusiasm, and more than a little stubbornness infuse every page of My Volcano: it's a twisty, freaky, hot queer mess that I don't think ANYONE except JES could write (maybe Ursula K LeGuin, if she wrote The Lathe of Heaven in the grip of an acid nightmare). Read it, reread it, then argue about what it all means for weeks on end."
–Terrance, Epilogue Books (Chapel Hill, NC)

"The chaos of current events takes on a supernatural dimension in John Elizabeth Stintzi's novel My Volcano. In the summer of 2016, all over the world, there are strange occurrences. The most spectacular event of all: a volcano sprouts in the middle of Central Park and keeps on growing, destroying large sections of New York City... My Volcano is a captivating novel about the consequences of letting obvious dangers fester and grow."
–Eileen Gonzalez, Foreword Reviews, starred review
(Read the full review of My Volcano)

"Bodies are queer, time is weird, the Earth is fucked. Got some major eco-horror Jeff Vandermeer vibes with this one with much more extra queerness. It reads like a high-speed ride on a terrifying rollercoaster, and you never know where the next turn will go but you also can't stop riding. Very weird, utterly off the charts."
–Anton Bogomazov, Politics & Prose Bookstore (Washington, Dist. of Columbia)

"My Volcano is a fast-paced, gripping, singular novel that belongs to the new wave of eco-horror yielding to no conventions."

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Details

ISBN-10: 1953387160
ISBN-13: 9781953387165
Publisher: Two Dollar Radio
Publish Date: 03/22/2022
Dimensions: 7.40" L, 5.50" W, 0.90" H
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