Simple Machines
By Ian Morris

Simple Machines is a novel of passage – of myth and unexpected consequence – set in Wisconsin during one year in the life of Tomas Zimmermann.

Simple Machines
By Ian Morris

“What a wondrous, immersive experience this novel by Ian Morris! Lyrical and yet consuming with trouble, danger, and fire. And funny, even experimental, farcical, picaresque—how does he do it all?! You will wonder and worry about Tom, Callie, and Grey for many snowy seasons to come.”

– Steve Yates, author, The Legend of the Albino Farm

“Authentic, touching, with the rueful tone of someone who has spent miles in the rain riding over cobblestones.”

– John Allis, U.S. National Road Champion and three-time Olympian

Ian Morris’s novel, Simple Machines, is a pleasure! Reading it, you’ll remember how stupid and young you were back in college, how being in love was synonymous with being confused. Maybe that’s still the case. Come listen to the story of Tomas Zimmermann as he navigates the waters between a silent father and the friends and women he should not trust, but somehow does. Hear how Tomas falls and gets back up again.

– Charles Rafferty, author of The Smoke of Horses

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Living in an apartment above the bike shop owned by his embittered father, Tomas keeps company with Grey and Callie, his best friends since childhood. At summer’s end, Tom leaves for Madison where he falls in with an unusual and ultimately destructive crowd. As Simple Machines approaches a climax, Grey and Callie reappear with trouble of their own, and Tom is forced to choose between old loyalties and a new sense of belonging.

Ian Morris is the author of the novel When Bad Things Happen to Rich People and co-editor of The Little Magazine in Contemporary America. He lives in Chicago.



5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ * Fiction/Literary * October 2018 publication * $16.99 US/$22.99 CAN
ISBN-13: 978-1-948721-00-4 * Original Trade Paperback
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Title: Simple Machines
Author: Ian Morris
Publisher and Distributor: Gibson House Press; dist. by IPG
Publicist: Mary Bisbee-Beek, [email protected]
ISBN: 978-1-948721-00-4
PRICE: $16.99 US/$22.99 CAN
Page Count: 287
PUB DATE: October 15, 2018

Trade distributor: IPG

Publicity contact: Mary Bisbee-Beek, [email protected]

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