General Fiction

General fiction can be described as several genres of fiction. It’s often what you’ll find on book club lists. What is book club fiction? Upmarket fiction. What’s upmarket fiction? Commercial, literary fiction. Is commercial fiction a sellout? No, it’s sellable fiction. There’s a difference. It’s the sort of fiction people actually read. Literary fiction aspires more toward art than entertainment, but when combined with commercial fiction, we call it upmarket fiction, which means book club fiction. Below are several books ready to add to your book club reading list.

The Blind Affect

The Blind Affect

Diversity, inclusion and equality are at the heart of this character-driven story. While difficult and heart-breaking lessons await Jonah, Severn and Darnell in their own lives, a shared event along a similar timeline links all three despite their glaring differences. Caught in the gravity of the event, purpose presents itself and their shared blind affect validates the notion that no life is wasted.

Blind affect: to have no knowledge of the impact your action(s) had on a person, place, thing or event.

The Blind Affect

Her Past’s Present

Unable to cope with a deteriorating existence and encroaching anxiety, Tess checks herself into a mental health facility. Inside she meets Tebor, another patient who claims to know her from a previous life.

In such a person sadness breeds purpose. They find inspiration in the darkness. Often times, I believe, they will impress a Hell onto their own lives in order to recreate it, so that others might suffer the experience from the comfort of their armchairs.

Tebor – Her Past’s Present

She has lost so much now, so much of herself that it shows in the landscape of her body.

Her Past’s Present
Short Story collection

Waning Metaphorically

A multi-genre anthology of short stories from the mind of Michael Poeltl. Many of the stories and oddities I’ve compiled here are new, while others are decades old. The old have been revisited by a more seasoned hand, revised, expanded or shortened, while the new were the underlying inspiration which encouraged me to create this compilation.

He went to work dismantling the labyrinth as the Minotaur slept off her Nicotine and online shopping addictions.

Waning Metaphorically