Official Release Day!

Dan Berne’s gripping debut novel, The Gods of Second Chances, launches today. It is illustrated by Portland artist Reid Psaltis, and it’s the first novel in Forest Avenue Press’ fiction catalog. So happy book birthday to Dan and to all of the Forest Ave readers, authors, and supporters! It’s special milestone for all of us.

Family means everything to Alaskan fisherman Ray Bancroft, raising his granddaughter while battling storms, invasive species, and lawsuit-happy tourists. To navigate, and to catch enough crab to feed her college fund, Ray seeks help from a multitude of gods and goddesses—not to mention ad-libbed rituals performed at sea by his half-Tlingit best friend.

But kitchen counter statues and otter bone ceremonies aren’t enough when his estranged daughter returns from prison, swearing she’s clean and sober. Her search for a safe harbor threatens everything Ray holds sacred. Set against a backdrop of ice and mud and loss, Dan Berne’s gripping debut novel explores the unpredictable fissures of memory, and how families can break apart even in the midst of healing.

Dan signs an advance copy of The Gods of Second Chances at Broadway Books.

Dan signs an advance copy of The Gods of Second Chances at Broadway Books.

The Gods of Second Chances is available at your independent bookstore, or online, in ebook and paperback form. Portlanders, we have copies available at the venerable Powell’s City of Books, Annie Bloom’s, Broadway Books, and St. Johns Booksellers.

Our official launch reading is slated for 7:30 p.m. next Sunday, March 9,  at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside. Bestselling author Karen Karbo will be introducing Dan Berne, who has studied fiction with her for a decade in a select writing workgroup.

Read more about our latest reviews and press coverage on our catalog page for Dan’s book. And check out our calendar for upcoming readings and events.

For those of you considering submitting your work, or dreaming about the work you’ve already submitted getting a yes from us, buy a copy. Support the press. Support a debut author. After all, that’s what we’re about: getting good work into the world, giving relationship-driven manuscripts a home that’s not tied to tastes in New York.

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  1. Congratulations to all involved!

    Plus, I don’t know for how long, $4.99 for the e-book at Amazon!

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