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 author of A MODERN WAY TO DIE (Pelekinesis, 2019), STIMME UND ATEM/OUT OF BREATH, OUT OF MIND (PalmArtPress, 2019), FOOTPRINTS IN WET CEMENT (Pelekinesis, 2017), COLD EARTH WANDERDERS (Pelekinesis, 2014), Ghost Dance in Berlin, A Rhapsody in Gray (2013), and a 1991 edition of A MODERN WAY TO DIE. His travel writing has run in such major newspapers as The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, and was included annually in The Best Travel Writing from 2008 to 2012 and again in 2016. Recipient of the 1985 Beard's Fund Short Story Award, the 2008 Geertje Potash-Suhr SCALG- Prosapreis, awarded by the Society for Contemporary American Literature in German, the 2012 Gold Grand Prize for Best Travel Story of the Year in the Solas Awards Competition, and a 2014 Independent Publishers Book Award. He was a fellow of the Fulbright Foundation (1973), the Thomas J. Watson Foundation (1974), and a Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin (2010).Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA