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What’s worth sacrificing in pursuit of fame and fortune? Our children? Our reputations? How deep might the damage run, whether direct or collateral? And who or what is responsible for the shape of our dreams and desires? The long shadows of our patriarchs, or the invisible, resistless forces of biological imperatives?
Kika Kong vs. the Dead White Males presents the decades-long saga of two families, the Kleins and the Walchuks, whose intersecting destinies orbit the career of Amabel Hadley, child actor turned celebrity disaster. Raymond Walchuk, the filmmaker patriarch of the first family, rises above the B-grade horror films he’s known for by directing a family adventure blockbuster, Kong’s Daughter. But his subsequent foray into serious independent filmmaking ends scandalously after his on-set mistreatment of ten-year-old Amabel.
Publishing date: July 4, 2022
Paperback: 364 pages
Dimensions : 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
Gregory J. Wolos has published more than one hundred stories in journals and anthologies like Glimmer Train, Georgia Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, descant, Florida Review, The Pinch, Post Road, Baltimore Review, Los Angeles Review, PANK, Superstition Review, Tahoma Literary Review, and Southern Humanities Review. His work has won awards sponsored by descant, Solstice, the Rubery Book Awards, Gulf Stream, New South, and Emrys Journal. Gregory has published four story collections: Women of Consequence (Regal House Publishing, 2019), Dear Everyone, (Duck Lake Books, 2020), The Thing About Men, (Cervena Barva Press, 2021) and The Green Ray and Other Stories, (Scantic Books, forthcoming, 2022). For full lists of Gregory’s publications and commendations, visit www.gregorywolos.com.