OUT WHERE THE RIVER BROKE / THE FIRST FOUR YEARS, $1, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 14 pgs.

Two for the price of one! This double-sided zine features a small bit of writings from two different authors. The first side, Out Where the River Broke, is a tale of a man coming back to his hometown only to be shunned and (literally) kicked around by the locals; their residual feelings towards him the remnants of his reputation and past. A bleak bit of writing from Jeff Schroeck (of The Ergs!). Flipping the zine over, we have a chapter from Michael T. Fournier’s forthcoming novel Inferno Jones. In the chapter, we meet a woman and follow her through opening her own restaurant, getting it to the point of security with a new business. When she finally hits that four-year mark and feels things are going good, then comes the twist. Right in the last sentence of the chapter. The First Four Years interested me right at the end of the sample, which I’m sure was intentional. I’ll have to check out his novel to find out what happens next. –Tricia Ramos (Out Where The River Broke, jeffreyschroeck@gmail.com / The First Four Years, michaeltfournier@gmail.com)