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Synopsis: From the neon strip of Little Vietnam to a desolate Albertsons parking lot, 15 Views of Orlando takes the reader on a secret tour of the City Beautiful. Told by 15 authors in a series of loosely linked fiction, the story is a (successful) experiment in setting, theme and community. The book also features interviews with Philip F. Deaver, Lindsay Hunter and six other contributors, as well as a Florida Lit manifesto by John King.
Burrow Press’ 15 Views of Orlando Series, a literary collaboration in which one author sets the story in motion, and the fourteen authors that follow must (1) set their stories in a new location within the city, and (2) link their story to one of the previous by something as concrete as a character, or as abstract as a metaphor.
“So this is Orlando! If I’d known what she was really like, I would have invited her to huff model car glue behind the 7-11 years ago.” ~Amelia Gray, author of THREATS (FSG)
“With all due respect to Mickey Mouse, 15 Views of Orlando is the best excuse for visiting Florida’s fifth largest city that I’ve come across. No two stories feel the same, yet they collectively constitute a hell of a cohesive narrative. It’s a highly entertaining read.”
~Dan Dunn, author of Living Loaded (Random House)
“If your idea of Orlando is the plastic idea of it, all Disney World and Holy Land dinner theater, you are in need of the Orlando as seen through the lens of its next generation of writers in 15 Views of Orlando. Yes, the pizzas grow to theme-park proportions, but the characters are real flesh and blood and alive and vibrant. Assembled
corpse-like, the 15 exciting, funny, and dark writers follow their characters throughout the city and its environs in a noirish picaresque that re-maps the literary imagination of Central Florida once and for all.”
~Jeff Parker, Ovenman (Tin House Books) & The Taste of Penny (Dzanc)
“While people who have lived in Orlando will appreciate 15 Views more than those who have not, lovers of short fiction will have no trouble finding something to feast on. The stories could just as easily have been drawn from any new metropolis where a darker underbelly hides beneath the glow of neon franchise signs.”
~Darrell Nicholson (full review at Saw Palm)
“I finished 15 Views of Orlando with a completely different perception of the city than when I started, which can’t be a bad thing. It’s an enjoyable collection, with a high standard of writing throughout – all the more impressive considering the strict time limit each writer had to adhere to. Orlando plays an important role in most of the stories but, thankfully, never at the expense of its inhabitants, and what could have been little more than a series of literary postcards are in fact a set of engaging, character-driven stories.”
~Ally Nichol (full review at PANK)
“This collection has reinvented the traditional responsibilities of literary stakeholders, and even its audience by challenging the reader to piece together interwoven story lines, fluctuating narrative voices, and alternating city locations.”
~Lavinia Ludlow (full review at The Nervous Breakdown)
LINK: Orlando Weekly Write Up
Nathan Holic is the author of the novels American Fraternity Man and The Things I Don’t See. He is the Graphic Narrative editor for the Florida Review, and the editor of Burrow Press’ 15 Views Series.