Mortal Weather

Mortal Weather

Mortal Weather is is about a story junkie who discovers that people are dying after telling him their stories.

It is the first book of a planned quartet. The remaining titles are Tangerine StarwardThe Cobalt Edge, and Enough Sky. All titles come from the epigraph poem, “Enough Sky” —

Not getting enough sky now that
it’s pindrop dusk and Venus
flirts with a slabby moon

Spalls of silver flush livid –
I cannot flank desire
and all this reaching …

About the Book

Stanhope Ellis finds himself absorbing the stories of quirky characters who have one thing in common: closeness to death. As he struggles with whether he’s Death Man or a cosmic witness, he meets a wise nurse, Gayathri Das, who helps him navigate the emotional minefield. But will she die, like the others?

Mortal Weather is an existential adventure — a timely, joyous examination of life and death with an against-all-odds love story at its core. The recurring themes read as a mystery, the characters are alive and memorable, and the writing is fluid and engaging. Here are all of our voices, asking all of our questions about the essence of life in trying times.

Genre: Fiction
Tag: New Release
Publisher: Top Reads Publishing
Publication Year: 2023
List Price: 18.99
eBook Price: 9.99
“Brilliant. The narrative combines two first person perspectives in stream-of-conscious style immersed in magical realism and archetypal portrayals, which elevates everyday occurrences. The impact is analogous to seeing out of one eye, then the other, then both, gaining a profound depth of field.”
– Neal Katz, author of Outrageous: Rise to Riches, the Victoria Woodhull Saga
“I have read many books, and over time, the stories fade ,but I can tell, and feel, that I will remember Stan and Gaya and Anshu and Pidge and the Spuds for a long time, and for me, that is the best outcome I could hope for from a book.”
– Jesse, Quiethouse Editing
“Shows how our stories become lifelines for the people around us. In every scene, whether heartfelt or playful, the author treats his characters with tender care and reverence.”
– Aaron Lelito, editor in chief of Wild Roof Journal
“Aphoristic and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny. The story is told with confidence, humour and perspicacity. It includes striking imagery and breathtaking moments of insight.”
– Dominic Wakeford, consulting editor, formerly at HarperCollins and Little Brown
About the Author
Kevin Patrick "KP" McCarthy

Among other things, Kevin Patrick McCarthy has been a geothermal geologist, a technical writer, a critic, and a screenwriter. His humor, essays, poetry, and fiction have been widely recognized. “Enough Sky,” the epigraph for Mortal Weather, was Commended by The Poetry Society (UK) in 2014.
A fourth-generation Coloradan, Kevin now lives in the Pacific with wife Tricia.

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