Mortal Weather

Mortal Weather

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

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?

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About the Book

After enduring the loss of his wife and surviving a near fatal accident at work, Stanhope Ellis decides he’s ready for a change of scenery. Unfortunately, the people he meets in his new locale are dropping like flies, and he might be the reason.

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?

Each character’s tale is filled with glimpses of ourselves and everyone we’ve ever loved, compelling the reader to hear them out, maybe for the last time. It’s a dizzying entanglement of friendship, grief, and perseverance from which there is no rush to be free. At once comforting and urgent, this book will fill your cup, break your heart, and put it back together, winking all the way.

A brilliant and memorable debut novel, 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
ASIN: 1970107367
ISBN: 9781970107364
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
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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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