by Sean Akerman




  1. literary novel is an existential mystery about a young academic commissioned to author the biography of a famous, reclusive writer named Nestor Dunn. His assignment takes him beyond the academy into a netherworld of treachery, madness, and art. Outposts is told from the aftermath of the failed biography. Barely surviving on unemployment, clutching a graduate degree that seems useless, the narrator had hoped that the Nestor Dunn project would be his big break. However, in the course of his tracking, a series of misadventures unfold. His search for the shape of Nestor Dunn's life spans academic conferences, strip clubs, cemeteries, the city of New York, and the mountains of western Maine. All the while, he becomes infatuated with Nestor's estranged, mysterious daughter, Emma. As the project progresses, the gulf between the narrator's realities and fictions grows wide. Creditors pursue him, money runs out, and his body approaches a nervous collapse. Finally, he retreats north, to his own place of birth, to investigate his subject more closely. And it is there, as his subject's life disintegrates around him, that the narrator finally finds his own way forward.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780995369221
Publisher: Threekookaburras
Publication date: 05/14/2017
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

SeanAkermangrew up in rural Maine and moved to New York City in 2006, where he earned a PhD in social and personality psychology. He has taught at Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College, and Bennington College. In 2015, he moved to the North Woods, where he writes and edits full time. His poetry and prose have appeared in Main Street Rag, Delivered Magazine and Theory & Psychology, among other locations.

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