Fiction at Literati: The Rachel Condition

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 - 6:30pm

Literati is thrilled to welcome back Nicholas Rombes in celebration of his latest novel, The Rachel Condition. He'll be joined in conversation by poet and essayist Cal Freeman. 

About the Book: The Rachel Condition is at once a political thriller, a family saga, and a mind-bending love story that plays out through the mysterious byways of Detroit.

Antony has ostensibly traveled to Detroit in search of the last copy of a dangerous political novel, but his true purpose is to infiltrate a tight circle of political dissidents. Rachel appears to be working for the Detroit-based insurgency, but her loyalties are complicated.

They meet at a dive bar with a dangerous Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom pinball machine and a malevolent bartender named Paul. There's also Patti, of the proto-punk band Psycho Femmes; Julia, whose uncle founded the Detroit chapter of the Black Panthers; The Commander, also known as Charlotte; The Colonel, who wears many uniforms so to speak; and Yama, a doom metal band that literally plays eternal, one-note songs.

Nothing is as it seems, no one can be trusted, and, as Rachel reminds Antony, everything is different in retrospect. History, as Rachel knows, is written by the victors, and this goes for personal history, too. The Rachel Condition tells a story of tenderness and the power of art to create and destroy in the midst of violence and chaos.

Nicholas Rombes is the author of the novels The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing (Two Dollar Radio) and The Rachel Condition (CLASH Books) as well as Ramones, from Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series. His writing has appeared in The Believer, Oxford American, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. He also directed the lo-fi sci-fi movie The Removals.

Cal Freeman is the author of the books Fight Songs and Poolside at the Dearborn Inn. His writing has appeared in North American Review, Oxford American, The Poetry Review, Witness Magazine, Third Coast, Passages North and elsewhereHis chapbook, Yelping the Tegmine, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in June of 2024. 

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ISBN: 9781955904926
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Published: Clash Books - April 30th, 2024

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ISBN: 9781737252818
Published: R&r Press - April 1st, 2022