Undeliverable

When Benjamin Grant’s son disappeared a year ago, he felt it was his duty as a father to do everything in his power to find his son, and he tried. He threw himself into the search, but his obsession left him without a home, wife, or job. Now, he’s managed to find work at the United States Postal Service’s Mail Recovery Center, which he hopes will prove an invaluable tool in his search. With the help of Sylvia—a kleptomaniac artist—Ben learns the ins and outs of a warehouse full of lost mail and explores every lead in his son’s case. But when that investigation leads him to Leonard Moscovich, Ben fears the worst.

Undeliverable is a literary fiction novel of 80,000 words launching in March, 2014. It is being produced in cooperation with the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children and $1 of the cover price from each sale goes to the center to help fund their efforts.

To purchase Undeliverable, follow your preferred link below:
Kindle
Paperback
Large Print
iBooks
Barnes and Noble (Nook)
Kobo
Braille

It is also available at a slew of other ebook retailers, so if I haven’t listed yours in particular, I’m sure its still available.

If you’d like to read an excerpt of Undeliverable, download a pdf of the first couple chapter here: UndeliverableExcerpt

You can view Undeliverable on these sites:

LibraryThing
GoodReads

If you would like to pre-order a book, or request a signed copy, please feel free to contact me.

What people are saying about Undeliverable:

“Engaging, inventive and full of feeling, Demarest’s debut engagingly addresses what we lose when we lose someone we love.” ~ Kirkus Review (Full text here)

“Demarest’s writing is sharp and witty. Her book is a great read with a bit of social conscience. While I was reading, I felt as if Demarest was taking me on a wild ride, a ride that I enjoyed and met a bunch of cool people along the way. From Gertrude to Sylvia – the characters are a great group of people. Benjamin faces struggles throughout the investigation, but in the end…well, read it and I think that you will enjoy it as much as I did.” ~ Portland Book Review (Full Text Here)

“This is a well-plotted, well-written story — its central metaphor of lost mail for a lost child creative and poignant. Ben channels his frustration with his inability to find his child to reconnecting mail to its intended recipient — efforts often similarly futile. The details of the “mail recovery system” and history of the mail service, in general, are actually interesting. Most topics are inherently interesting, when gone into with enough depth and clarity. The details of the detective work that Ben does in his search are actually more thorough and systematic than that of the professional police detectives. Riveting. There is peace, if no real happy endings, at the resolution of the story for both Ben and Sylvia, both tragic figures who have experienced loss.” ~ San Francisco Book Review (Full text here)

“Undeliverable delivers a range of pleasures to its readers: a unique and fascinating setting, an urgent mystery, a cast of oddball characters, sharp and witty dialogue. But what makes it compelling above all else is its heartfelt exploration of one man’s grief and determination in the face of his son’s disappearance. We yearn for Ben to find his missing boy, but even more, we want him to find a path to fulfillment in a world full of trouble. In Rebecca Demarest’s hands, his journey is tense, thrilling, and deeply satisfying.”

- Scott Nadelson, author of Saving Stanley and The Cantor’s Daughter

“Herman Melville knew that the dead letter office of the U.S. Postal Service was a potent metaphor for modern life.  His short story, “Bartleby the Scrivener,” harnessed the great sighs of humanity found there.  Rebecca Demarest’s engaging tale of what has become the “Mail Recovery Center” picks up the beautiful sadness and loss of a place that contains letters to “Santa, Jesus, God, Satan, The Perfect Man, [and] The Easter Bunny…”  Her tale is framed engagingly by the “Property Office Manual” instructions by the long gone Gertrude Biun, a ghost of bureaucracies past.  Rebecca Demarest knows how tales work.  She gives her readers spirited language, dead-on humor and a trip to the inner workings of despair and strangeness.  Serious readers will love this book.”

- Michael Strelow, author of The Greening of Ben Brown,
and his new novel, Henry: A Novel of Beer and Love in the West

“A modern noir with a social conscience, Demarest’s novel combines the page-turning qualities of the “man on a mission” thriller with the heartwrenching realities of child abduction. Publishers, and fans, of cinematic fiction with a something extra, take notice.”

- William Orem, playwright and author of Killer of Crying Deer

Finally, here’s some links to online reviewers who are talking about Undeliverable!

EasyReadReviews (She gave it 4.5/5 stars, and she did a video review too.)
D.A. Bale gave it 5 stars
Sandra’s Book Club gave it 4 stars
Nerd Girl gave it 4 stars

Undeliverable has also been featured on these blogs:

The Page Walker
C.B.Y. Bookclub
The Masquerade Crew

Special Thanks to…

These people helped make Undeliverable possible through their generous donations during my Indiegogo campaign:

Anonymous (1)
Anonymous (2)
Anonymous (3)
Alex Demarest
Alex Morrison
Amanda Majewski
Andy Joseph
Beth Signor
Bonnie Monk
Brian Sayler
Byron Hadley
CH Okimoto
Chris Demarest
Chris Hennessey
Christopher Corvus
Courtney Kessler
Curry Family
Dana Sanders
Daniel Clausen
Daniel Weaver
Darren Macomber
DT Berkowitz
Esther-Catherine Alexander
Franco Alvarado
Haley Hill
Jacky McCurdy
Jay Chen
Jenna Krueger
Jessi Colund
Jessie Myers
Mr. & Mrs. Joanna Demarest
Jody Wasend
John Schmied
Julia Hardy
Kaitlin Hindman
Karen Shaner
Kristina Kopic
Lesley Mousette
Lexi Carver
Linda Hill
Madi Cushman
Malcolm McClarron
Mark Stewart
Melissa Magaña
Moneika DiPierro
Monique Weeks
Neil Aitken
Noah Avirom
Paige Yauger
Patsy Zedar
Paul Eldred
Rachel Steeley
Ralph Yauger
Rosalind Buda
Ruth Gonzalez
Ruth Weening
Sara Leighton
Shawn McGinn
Stas’ Ziolkowski
Susan Wurzelbacher
Theresa Hernandez Gonzalez

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