Fiction. 16 year old Elgin Marble has had enough of a world that is decidedly vertical. When his father, an upstanding elevator man, is marked for disposal, Elgin joins an underground group called the Crabs. This illicit group tirelessly digs tunnels in the hope of one day breaking through to the outside. But who are the Crabs, and can they be trusted? Elgin's mother, Ellen, is worried sick about her son. The ruthless school principal, Mr. Orion, warns her that Elgin is in big trouble and blackmails her for sexual favors. Together they go underground to search for the boy. Meanwhile, agents of the IVT (Institute for Vertical Thinking) are also hot on his trail, and the Crabs are feeling the heat.
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Peter Wortsman is the award-winning author of a book of short prose fiction, A Modern Way to Die; a travel memoir, Ghost Dance in Berlin; a novel, COLD EARTH WANDERERS (Pelekinesis, 2014); and a collection of stories, FOOTPRINTS IN WET CEMENT (2017). He collaborated with artist Harold Wortsman on an artists' book, it-t=i. He is a critically acclaimed translator of numerous books from the German into English. He is also the author of two stage plays, The Tattooed Man Tells All and Burning Words. His short work has been widely anthologized. His travel writing has run in major newspapers. He lives in New York.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA