Kyle Beachy's debut novel The Slide comes out this week. You should get it. I did the cover, but that's not why--it's also a really good read. Beachy does a clever and relentless inversion of a traditional middle-American coming of age tale...complete with ghosts, baseball, statutory rape and a dissolving marriage. He'll be reading from it at the Book Cellar in Chicago on Thursday, January 29th.