williams-zoe-cover-1800x2700px7This just in: Down & Out Books publishes latest novel by SCAD Writing Professor George Williams.

The day Zoë turns fifteen, she ditches high school in Chandler, Arizona, and is picked up by Skelton, an elderly man driving a step van turned laboratory. He promises to teach the girl all he knows if Zoë trusts him to take her where she is fated to go. From the the American west, through Topeka’s Zoomorphological Wonders of the World, to a movie theater in Pittsfield, Illinois where Skelton builds a miniature version of the CERN particle accelerator, the duo then heads to France, where a confederacy of the wealthiest men in the world gather in the garden of the Marquis de Sade’s castle to determine Zoë’s fate.

At turns absurd, poignant, and comic, Zoe is a phantasmagorical road trip unlike any other, where a girl lost in the moronic inferno of 21st century America gleans a way to her brightest possible future.

“George Williams… is one the most exciting and compelling writers of his generation.” -Richard Burgin, author of Don’t Think and Hide Island.

“…Williams shows a darkly comic sensibility more akin to that of the Coen brothers.” -Library Journal


George Williams is the author of the novel, Degenerate, and three collections of stories, InfernoGardens of Earthly Delight and The Valley of Happiness. His stories and essays have appeared in The Pushcart PrizeBoulevard, and The Hopkins Review, among others. He is the recipient of a Michener Fellowship and a grant from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. He teaches at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and works as a consultant and writer for Corra Films.


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