University of West Alabama
Station 22, Livingston, AL 35470
9781604891706, $30.00, HC, 274pp, www.amazon.com
Joe Formichella is a Hackney Literary Award winner and Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in Grassland Review, Red Bluff Review, and anthologized in "Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe II" and "Climbing Mt. Cheaha". He is the author of the novel "The Wreck of the Twilight Limited", and "Here's to You, Jackie Robinson", an historical account of the all-black Prichard Mohawks, an amateur baseball team formed in the 1950s, that shows how those young players succeeded despite the degradations and persecutions of the Jim Crow South. In "Schopenhauer's Maxim", Formichella has deftly crafted a novel of the religious right wing of the America that is part political intrigue, part fairy tale, and all humor at its darkest and most noir. An inherently and consistently compelling read from beginning to end, "Schopenhauer's Maxim" is unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library Literary Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that Schopenhauer's Maxim" is also available in a paperback edition (9781604891690, $18.95).