DEATH and OTHER HOLIDAYS by Marci Vogel & SIGNED Giveaway



The novella is a special collection of words. It’s not a short story. It’s not a novel. It’s somewhere in between. I like to think if it as the icing on the cake, if all you were eating is the icing. It’s strong, compelling and flavorful. When an author approaches writing a novella, they must be fearless. There isn’t any room for any extra words; each must serve a purpose.

That brings us to Marci Vogel and her novella, DEATH and OTHER HOLIDAYS (MelvilleHousePublishing). Marci is much like her novella. She’s petite, bright and full of profound ideas. I got to meet her at the Miami Book Fair in November, and knew I met someone very special.

In her novella, a young woman named April is coming to terms with the death of her step-father, Wilson. Readers are introduced to her family and friends, including BFF, Libby while she navigates the shark-infested waters of love in Los Angeles.

DEATH and OTHER HOLIDAYS is broken down into four sections – the four seasons of the year and each section is made up of short scenes and stories. They are pithy and all have a point. You can tell Marci is a poet by her extremely compact writing. There are no words to spare. It’s told with humor and intricate details, which make each story that much more unique. One scene that sticks out to me, is an occasion where all of April’s aunts attend and they are described by the various perfumes they are wearing. It’s a lovely technique to identify each woman. She labels the men she dates. One is Crashman, Volvo Man, Motorcycle Man, Critic Man, and then there’s Victor. Oddities are added as if they were spices for a meal.

“We get these beetles every summer, June bugs they’re called, only they don’t show up until July.”

DEATH and OTHER HOLIDAYS is subtle but it’s obvious Marci has affection for each character. I read DEATH and OTHER HOLIDAYS and found it so special, I wish I could read it again for the first time.



Marci Vogel is the author of Death and Other Holidays, winner of the inaugural Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize, and At the Border of Wilshire & Nobody, winner of the inaugural Howling Bird Press Poetry Prize. Her poetry, prose, translations, and cross-genre inventions appear in Jacket2FIELD, VIDA, Plume, Quarter After Eight, Poet Lore, Colorado Review, and Seneca Review, among numerous other publications. She is the recipient of a Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, a Hillary Gravendyk Memorial Scholarship from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and residencies at North Street Collective in Mendocino County and CAMAC Art Center in Marnay, France.

A first-generation college student, Vogel earned her PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Southern California, where she currently serves as a Postdoctoral Scholar Teaching Fellow in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. She has been invited for readings and talks at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, the University of Strasbourg, Kelly Writers House, the University of Pennsylvania, the School of Beaux-Arts in Tours, France, and the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. She is currently working on a new book-length manuscript engaged with questions of language, displacement, ecosystems, and redwoods of California.

We have one signed copy of DEATH and OTHER HOLIDAYS. Tell us if you’ve read a novella, and remember the unique experience. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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16 thoughts on “DEATH and OTHER HOLIDAYS by Marci Vogel & SIGNED Giveaway

  1. I have read and enjoyed novellas since they are unique, captivating and each one gives me great pleasure as the author shows their talent and creativity. Thanks.

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  2. Novellas are the most appropriate form for certain fiction — just as a short story or a novel is in other cases. I’ve heard excellent things about this book in particular, so I’d love to expand my novella reading experience with this! Thanks and cheers, Kara S

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  3. I have read lots of novellas 💗 I really love it when they relate to each other or there are a lot of them in 1 collection
    Thanks for the chance 😍🍯🐝😍 and Thanks for sharing this book with us

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  4. I have read and enjoyed novellas that are done well. I believe it takes a true word artist to convey the storyline, tone, setting, and character development all in an abbreviated manner. To me, a good novella gives all the feels of a novel and none of the feels of a chopped Readers Digest story.

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  5. I have only read one, and I read that recently. It is Elevation by Stephen King. And I felt about it the way you said this one made you feel. I keep asking people to read it because I so wish I could read it again for the first time. As forgetful as I am, I hope six months from now it will seem that way if I read it again! Thank you for this chance for this novella, Cindy. I would have to say I’m a fan of them now.

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