Pickle's Progress: A Novel (Paperback)

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Wow! What a knockout of a novel--both funny and touching in deeply satisfying ways. From the highly dramatic opening scene, the lucidity and psychological detail of the writing connected me intimately with its characters--their thoughts, emotions, and dilemnas. Their charged and sometimes humorous interplay felt like chamber music, leading to a resonant, satisfy and maybe inevitable conclusion. With its leap and tenderness, the epilogue was exquisite, with one of the most beautiful concluding passages I've ever read.




— Brant Blumstein


Marcia Butler’s debut novel, Pickle’s Progress, is a fierce, mordant New York story about the twisted path to love.

Over the course of five weeks, identical twin brothers, one wife, a dog, and a bereaved young woman collide with each other to comical and sometimes horrifying effect. Everything is questioned and tested as they jockey for position and try to maintain the status quo. Love is the poison, the antidote, the devil and, ultimately, the hero.

About the Author

Marcia Butler has had a number of creative careers: professional musician, interior designer, documentary filmmaker, and author. As an oboist, the New York Times hailed her as a “first rate artist.” Acclaimed interior designs include projects in NYC, Boston, and Miami. The Creative Imperative, her documentary film exploring the essence of creativity, will release in Spring 2019. Her memoir, The Skin Above My Knee, was one of the Washington Post’s “top ten noteworthy moments in classical music in 2017."  Pickle’s Progress is her fiction debut. She lives in New York City.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781771681551
ISBN-10: 1771681551
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Publication Date: April 9th, 2019
Pages: 288