The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes

(Published April 17, 2014 by EAB Publishing)

Don’t you hate it when you may (or may not) be trapped endlessly in a Village Inn with your ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend, coincidentally your ex-best friend? That’s the kind of day Cassandra is having. In a homogenized world that is left mostly empty so everyone can feel comfortable, The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes explores the fictions we tell ourselves, and the fictions we tell ourselves about the fictions we tell ourselves.

2015 National Indie Excellence Awards finalist in humor

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Here is a sample chapter and some reading questions I came up with.

Scope out the book trailer (by the incomparable AE Stueve).

Check out the video of me reading the first chapter of The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes at the 2014 Nebraska Book Festival.

Please reach me through my contact page if you would like to obtain a review copy for a journal review, book blog review, or such (or if you are an independent reviewer who would like to place a review of The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes in a journal, book review blog, or such).

Interviews, Reviews, and Other Mentions:

Ben Tanzer riffs on The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes and Something Good, Something Bad, Something Dirty by the Brian Alan Ellis over on This Blog Will Change Your Life.

The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes gets a shout out amidst some extremely impressive company from Peter Tieryas Liu in his list of 9 Innovative Books of 2014.

Susan Tepper's review of The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes over at Black Heart Magazine.

Ben East's review over at Atticus Review.

Kimberly Moore's review of The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes over at InDigest

Manda-Rae's review of The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes over at manda-rae reads a lot.

Scott Carpenter's review of The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes over at jmww.

Check out me talking about The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes, Bones Buried in the Dirt, and more on episode 56 of Shootin' it with Jayme K.

Volume 1 of Atticus Review's column "Rolling Papers Revue" dedicated to the essential opening lines of written works mentions The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes. (Note: also included is Small Batch: An Anthology of Bourbon Poetry, in which a poem of mine appears.)

I talked about The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes March 11, 2014 on The Unknown Show with Bud Smith. 

My co-blogger Kimberly Campbell Moore talked to me about The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes May 1, 2014 on Eleven and a Half Years of Books.

 Advance Praise:

"David S. Atkinson grasps the “secret” of striking fiction (or should I say, nightmares?), he knows you’ve got “to find some place where the facts didn’t shout so loud,” and in this unnerving Garden (or should I say, inferno?), he’s found a place full of whispers (or should I say, moans?). These insidious pieces develop like an advent calendar on which the surface seems drab yet unsettled, the stuff of Raymond Carver, and yet behind each door hide the eyepopping, amoral fairyfolk of Henry Darger. Don’t wait till December to start." –John Domini, author of The Sea-God’s Herb

"The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes is a modern-day Waiting for Godot set in a diner, only with more engaging dialogue and fully-realized characters. At times Atkinson will have you asking what you want for dinner. But by the end, you’ll be asking what you want for (and from) life. A brilliant achievement of existentialism without the pretension. " –Nathaniel Tower, author of Nagging Wives, Foolish Husbands and Managing Editor of Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine and Press

"Hell is other people and pancakes. Or to be more accurate, purgatory is other people and pancakes–and friendships and heartaches and the dull, deceiving comfort of things staying exactly the same. Be careful what you wish for in David S. Atkinson’s funny, flippant book – you just might get it, along with endless coffee refills and a lifetime of breakfast food." –Amber Sparks, author of May We Shed These Human Bodies

"Reading David Atkinson’s The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes instills the same sort of hunger that got me into literary fiction in the first place. It brings with it humor and honesty while managing to be clever and sickly sweet. That savory combination isn’t found very often. Buy the book and dive in with a short stack drenched in maple syrup." -Michael J Seidlinger, author of The Laughter of Strangers

"My vision of hell involves being trapped in a Wal-Mart, but in The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes, David S. Atkinson makes a good case for Village Inn. On the other hand, he argues that it could be heaven: drinks are refilled, breakfast is always served, and the check never arrives. What more could you want? Filled with a cast of characters brought to life through the vivid imagination of Cassandra, lovers of literary fiction will enjoy this wildly inventive story. I know I did!" -Jeremy Morong, author of On The Backs of Dragons