This Jealous Earth, Modern, Witty and Provocative


Robert James Russell or Jeff Pfaller
MG Press

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This Jealous Earth, A “Modern, Witty and Provocative” Debut

Scott Dominic Carpenter’s debut collection of literary fiction shorts, This Jealous Earth, forthcoming from MG Press in January 2013, is filled with stories that examine the tension between the everyday and the transcendent—the struggle to grasp what lies beyond our reach.

Advance praise has already been pouring in for the book:

Engaging…charmingly nostalgic.
Publishers Weekly

“Incredibly moving…Carpenter’s writing is clear and delightful.” —A.K. Mayhew, The Rumpus

We wait in slow horror for the banal details of our lives—ticking in the corner of these stories like time bombs—to detonate.
—Gregory Blake Smith, author of The Law of Miracles and winner of the Minnesota Book Award.

Tautly constructed, psychologically acute, and elegantly written stories… By turns sad, funny, tender, and alarming, This Jealous Earth examines the nuanced turns and shifts of human events and feelings that imbue the ordinary with the extraordinary.
—Siri Hustvedt, internationally bestselling author of What I Loved, and The Summer Without Men.

“Modern, witty, provocative. This Jealous Earth is an auspicious debut.”
—Alethea Black, author of I Knew You’d Be Lovely.

About This Jealous Earth

Paperback 5.5″ x 8.5″
ISBN: 978-1480172777
Language: English
Page count: 206
Approx. Word Count: 53,000
Genre: Literary Fiction
Formats: Print, PDF, ePub, .mobi

A man puts his beloved pets to the knife; a family prepares for the Rapture; a woman in a department store slips a necklace into her purse. Whatever the situation, the characters in This Jealous Earth find themselves faced with moments of decision that will forever alter the course of their lives. Always moving and often touched with humor, Carpenter’s stories examine the tension between the everyday and the transcendent—our struggle to grasp what lies beyond our reach. Whether hawking body parts in a Midwestern city, orbiting through the galleries of a Paris museum or plotting sibling tortures in an Arizona desert, his characters lead us through a series of dilemmas of universal appeal.

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Where to Buy

List price: $15 Print / $4.99 eBook
Release Date: January 15, 2013

This Jealous Earth can be reserved for $1 preorder, at 20% off the list price.

Distribution: Amazon, Lulu, iBooks, Kindle Books, Nook Books, Ingram.

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About the Author

Scott Dominic Carpenter was born in Minneapolis but grew up on the move. After proving himself ill-suited to mining, factory work, and other forms of hard labor, he took refuge in libraries and classrooms, many of them in Madison, Wisconsin. He teaches French literature and critical theory at Carleton College (MN), but in addition to his scholarly work, he commits fiction, examples of which have appeared in venues like Chamber Four, Ducts, Midwestern Gothic, The MacGuffin, Prime Number and Spilling Ink. A Pushcart Prize nominee and a semi-finalist for the MVP Competition from New Rivers Press, he will soon release a debut novel (Theory of Remainders, Winter Goose Publishing). His website is

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About MG Press

MG Press is a micro-press devoted to publishing a small number of titles each year. An extension of the lit. journal Midwestern Gothic, MG Press retains the same core values: shining a spotlight on Midwest authors by focusing on works that showcase all aspects of life—good, bad, or ugly.

The authors and books chosen exemplify these traits; they are representatives of the Midwest, and aim to celebrate what makes the Midwest such a unique place, highlighting our mythologies, stories, and culture that the world may be missing out on.

MG Press is based out of Chicago, Illinois.

About the Founders

Robert James Russell is the author of the novel Sea of Trees (Winter Goose Publishing, 2012). His fiction and poetry has appeared in Joyland, The Collagist, Thunderclap! Magazine, LITSNACK, Greatest Lakes Review, and The Legendary, among others. Robert lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Find him online at

Jeff Pfaller is a novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter whose work includes writing multiple on-going comic series, acting as creative director for Saint James Comics, and co-founding Midwestern Gothic, a quarterly literary journal. A Midwesterner through and through since the day he was born, Jeff has transplanted his wife, two children, dog and cat from Michigan to Des Plaines, Illinois.

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