Monday, January 4, 2010

BILLY AND CINDY by Stephanie Hiteshew and Dave Church

Billy and Cindy
by Stephanie Hiteshew
and Dave Church
$6 (plus shipping)


On Thanksgiving day, 2008, the small press world lost one of the good ones, Dave Church, to a heart attack. Following the deluge of tributes and collections pouring out of the small press to honor him, here rises a collection truly worthy and far different from the rest: an entire story of desperation, crime, beauty, struggle, kindness, anger, and love, played out in a series of letters between two fictional characters, Billy and Cindy, held expertly in the hands of Dave Church and Stephanie Hiteshew, with eerily similar reflections of their own lives and struggles on multiple metaphorical levels. Two of the small press' greatest come together here to bring to life the last work of the late Dave Church and the continuing excellence of the talented Stephanie Hiteshew, in a tale that showcases their talents while also underlying the true spirit and depth of their personal relationship, their trust for one another's writing ideas, and the blind leap of improvised faith each took in the passing back and forth of an unfolding story in one another's hands. The characters are real and raw, biting and charming in the same breath, sarcastic and sincere, pretty and ugly, empty and full, searching and complete, kind and mean, hopeful and hopeless; each existing in a world of paradoxes as they stumble from problem to problem, losing themselves but finding each other, losing each other but finding themselves. With 100 pages of writing, this collection of letters is a beautiful final tribute to the character and depth of Dave Church and his writing, and a must-have for your small press collection.

Copies can now be purchased online; or through the mail for $6 (plus $2 US shipping; $4 out-of-US shipping) via cash, check, or money order made out to Alternating Current, PO Box 398058, Cambridge MA 02139 USA; or via PayPal with the email address All authors on our press receive royalties for each copy sold, and each purchase comes with three free random books from the archives while we clean house.


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