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Michael A. Ferro

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***TITLE 13 IS A POWELL'S STAFF PICK***

TITLE 13 has been named a "Best Book of 2018" by the Emerging Writers Network and is a Literati Bookstore bestseller!

"Affecting and inventively funny... Ferro's work is an eclectic mélange."
​-- Kirkus Reviews

"A wonderful experience and a terribly compelling character study... sometimes fun, sometimes dark. For a first-time novelist, (Ferro is) very knowing about the emotional territory of life. A very, very ambitious book."
​--Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune

Michael A. Ferro's debut novel, TITLE 13, was published by Harvard Square Editions in February 2018. He was named as a finalist by Glimmer Train for their New Writers Award, won the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award for Fiction, and been nominated f
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Michael A. Ferro Thanks for the question and kind words! Sorry about the wait—I hate waiting, too. If there's a Hell, it's gotta be some form of waiting in a long line…moreThanks for the question and kind words! Sorry about the wait—I hate waiting, too. If there's a Hell, it's gotta be some form of waiting in a long line.

I got the idea for TITLE 13 because I worked in the federal government for a short time and saw just how absurd some of it really is. I wrote the book during the boon times of the Obama administration, and LOVED everything he did, but I sensed something foul festering underneath the surface of our society. I don't consider myself prophetic, but I had a terrible feeling that Trump was going to win, especially after I'd finished writing TITLE 13. Now that it has happened and our country has taken a right turn off the cliff, many who have read the book have told me that it captures the world we now live in so well (which is, unfortunately, so kind of everyone to say). I wrote the novel as a satire, but I'm afraid that not much of it seems like satire anymore... I am hopeful that the book can help us identify these toxins poisoning our culture and get us back on a track away from paranoia, depression, and submission.

As for the title, within the novel, there is a government regulation known as TITLE 13. Some very secretive documents of TITLE 13 information go missing in the first chapter, setting off a chain reaction of absurdity and madness, so it seemed like a fitting title. Plus, TITLE 13 for a title just kind of felt right. I could very easily be wrong about this, though. Ha. (less)
Michael A. Ferro Yes, I can. And here it is:

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Yes, I can. And here it is:

"Who's ready for more blood!?" cried the huge, horrible monster trainer with a massive grin as he poured buckets of warm, wet blood in front of the monster trainees' desks. But Richard, a monster-in-training, was in no mood for anymore monster training that day—he was in love."(less)
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TITLE 13 Named a "Best Book of 2018"

TITLE 13 has been named as a "Best Book of 2018" by the Emerging Writers Network. From their website: 

"A true MacGuffin of a novel...look over here, no here, really look here. Sorry, that's not the story you're looking for, it's really over here. What appears to be a conspiracy or mystery novel, or even an odd office-place novel, turns into a close look at addiction, at loneliness, and at various Read more of this blog post »
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“A dog only got hurt if its love was repudiated, intentional or not, though it never had long to feel true sorrow in response because it never held its love back, regardless of reciprocation; the dog just tried to love you more. No other distractions such as work, home, friendships, or lovers—just the insistence of undying and unwavering affection in the truest sense of the word—asking for only a fraction of what it gave.”
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“Heald envied and admired a dog's existence, and it only weighed on him more when he considered the rare and undeniably questionable gift of knowing that he would die— that he was mortal. A dog could only embrace love absolutely, without hesitation, and could devote itself to it with complete and unabashed abandon, for the world was forever.”
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“Imagine if you will—and you will—a mushroom cloud bigger than anything that you currently see out that window. Imagine jet planes and bombers the size of apartment complexes dropping technological marvels of deconstruction upon this city, this world, all around the epicenter of a blooming death cloud. Imagine that mushroom coming to a head, knowing that it is filled with unimaginable heat and concrete, dust, papers—human faces, eyes, and brains. Gray matter filling the radioactive cloud with electricity as all that is inside us leaves us and becomes one with the mushroom. Glass will melt and connect with steel, and we will melt and connect with each other as everything that made us whole is criminally dissected and rearranged. Everything below us, from the sewer tunnels to the subway line, will be consumed into the cloud and jettisoned into the stratosphere, where it will become nothing but silken ash, hardened to a black substance, and turned back to a black dust, transfixed into a black nothing. A stinking, glowing crater all that remains of where you had your first kiss and told someone that you loved them. A mess of a world where everything you’ve ever done quickly becomes all that you’ll ever do.”
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message 15: by Michael

Michael Ferro Mona wrote: "Thanks for the friend invite :)
Love your mom's endorsement of your book 😂"


Thank you! She's a real peach ;-)


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Mona Thanks for the friend invite :)
Love your mom's endorsement of your book 😂


message 13: by Ivonne

Ivonne Rovira Thank you for the Friend request.

Cheers, Ivonne


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Michael Ferro Candace wrote: "Michael,
Thanks for the friend invite. I loved what your mother dictated for Title 13.
Happy Reading & Successful Writing,
Candace"


Thank you, Candace! Happy reading!


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Candace Michael,
Thanks for the friend invite. I loved what your mother dictated for Title 13.
Happy Reading & Successful Writing,
Candace


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Michael Ferro Kelly wrote: "Thanks for the friend request and for answering my astrology question. There is no good or bad sign, I just like knowing a little bit about the people who friend me.

I am loving Infinite Jest so ..."


Thanks, Kelly! Infinite Jest is certainly a favorite of mine. It's so dense, but has such heart and humor. Worth the read!

And thanks for the well wishes on my book release! If you're a fan of Infinite Jest, maybe check it out. I was definitely inspired by DFW.


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Kelly Thanks for the friend request and for answering my astrology question. There is no good or bad sign, I just like knowing a little bit about the people who friend me.

I am loving Infinite Jest so far but it is really slow going because it is so dense. It's also really hilarious, and I can tell its one of those books you can keep going back to again and again and still come away with something new.

Anyway! Thanks again for reaching out - and good luck on your book release!


Michael Ferro Richard wrote: "Thanks for connecting, Michael."

Thank you, Richard! Glad we could connect. I look forward to seeing more of your work.


Michael Ferro William wrote: "Thank you for the friendship, Michael."

Thank you, William! Nice to meet you. Apologies for the delay in my response.


Richard Thanks for connecting, Michael.


William Thank you for the friendship, Michael.


Michael Ferro Thank you, Majenta! Nice to meet you, too, and hope you have a great week! Happy Holidays!

All the best,
Mike


Majenta Hello, Michael! Thank you for contacting me! Congratulations on your book! I hope you are well and having a great week. Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Happy December and Holiday Season! Blessings!

Best wishes from Majenta


Michael Ferro Leo wrote: "Hiya Michael! Cheers for the friend request :) Your book sounds super interesting! Good luck with it :)"

Thanks! Same to you, Leo!


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Leo Robertson Hiya Michael! Cheers for the friend request :) Your book sounds super interesting! Good luck with it :)


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