UNDER CONTRACT WITH TOUCHPOINT PRESS
Marc's new novel
During an attempt to buy contraband emeralds Mordecai Applebaum, a successful, neurotic, semi-alcoholic jeweler witnesses a brutal beheading. Should he go to the police? Risk being charged with buying hot gems? Or flee and hope for the best? He’s pressured to confess by several people; Rachel, his estranged girlfriend; Father Harry, a Catholic priest; Sumner Waxman, a rabbi; Venus, girlfriend to the beheaded and out for revenge; and his dead father Morris, whom only Mordecai can hear. The police are on his tail. The killer sends a text: “You’re next.” Everything seems to be closing in on him. Including the killer.
The Leap Year Boy
Set in Pittsburgh in the early 1900's, The Leap Year Boy is the story of a working class family and an extraordinary boy named Alex Miller, born in the family's home on February 29, 1908. What makes Alex so remarkable is that even though he's full term, he weighs just two pounds, one ounce and is nine inches long. Despite his size, Alex is perfectly healthy. However, his body grows at one-fourth the rate of a normal child--so that after one year, he's the size of a three-month-old--but his mind grows much more quickly. Eventually, so do certain parts of his body and his ability to do various and unusual things with them. As Alex's special abilities become apparent, those around him see him as both a miracle child and a freak of nature--a freak to exploit. How Alex saves himself from the designs of others--his religious fanatic grandmother, who sees him as the new Messiah; his money-grubbing immigrant doctor, who wants to put him on display; his unstable nanny, who believes Alex is her lost child; and his father and father's mistress, who are eager to tap Alex's commercial potential--is at the heart of the novel. Ultimately, a family that has been fractured by ambition and circumstance rediscovers loyalty and love, thanks to Alex's courage.
"I highly recommend The Leap Year Boy for anyone who loves excellent writing, history and wonderful story telling."
-Open Book Society