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Silver Birch Press is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of DEBT, a novel by Rachel Carey. This book is The Bonfires of the Vanities 20+ years later — and, in this publishers opinion, just as great a read!

BACK COVER BLURB: Lillian Fitzgerald has gone a hundred thousand dollars into student loan debt for a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. To buy time to salvage her ambitious but depressing thesis novel, she accepts a part-time job doing SAT tutoring for Calvin Bolt, whose father Henry owns Bolt Bank — the company that services her student loans. Lillian soon discovers that dangerous secrets underlie the wealth and power of the Bolt family, secrets that could launch Lillian onto the New York Times bestseller list… if she manages to survive long enough to write about them. In this sharp and fast-paced satire of New York during the 2008 financial meltdown, it turns out that everyone — even all-powerful billionaire Henry Bolt — is in somebody’s debt.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rachel Carey is a writer and filmmaker. She received an MFA in Film Directing from NYU, a M.Ed. from Harvard, and a BA in English from Yale. She currently teaches college film classes — and lives with her husband and daughter in New Jersey. Rachel is still paying back her student loans — and has dedicated her novel to the Sallie Mae Corporation.

Silver Birch Press will publish Debt by Rachel Carey in November 2012.



Story by Stuart Dybek

 In summer, waiting for night, we’d pose against the afterglow on corners, watching traffic cruise through the neighborhood. Sometimes, a car would go by without its headlights on and we’d all yell, “Lights!”

“Lights!” we’d keep yelling until the beams flashed on. It was usually immediate – the driver honking back thanks, or flinching embarrassed behind the steering wheel, or gunning past, and we’d see his red taillights blink on.

But there were times – who knows why? – when drunk or high, stubborn, or simply lost in that glide to somewhere else, the driver just kept driving in the dark, and all down the block we’d hear yelling from doorways and storefronts, front steps, and other corners, voices winking on like fireflies: “Lights! Your lights! Hey, lights!”

Excerpted from The Coast of Chicago: Stories by Stuart Dybek

Photo: Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, where Stuart Dybek grew up and where many of his stories are set. Photo by Eddie Railway.

About the Author: Stuart Dybek is the author of three books of fiction and two collections of poetry. His fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Poetry, Tin House, and many other magazines, and have been widely anthologized. During his career, Dybek has received numerous honors and awards, including a 2007 MacArthur “genius” grant.