‘Awl Pal’ Miles Klee Sells Novel

Miles Klee.
Miles Klee.

Miles Klee, a copy editor at The Deal, has sold his first novel to OR Books. Mr. Klee is, perhaps, known best for his literary writing on The Awl; he joins the likes of Chris Lehmann in jumping from pixels on the site to paper-and-ink.

A source at OR Books indicates this is the first book deal OR Books, a print-on-demand publisher previously written about in these pages as an early partner of Emily Gould’s online bookselling venture Emily Books, has made with a first-time novelist. Today, Mr. Klee made a list on his personal blog of the rejections his short stories had received at the hands of editors.

Mr. Klee’s former agent, Matt Hudson at William Morris, had left the business, Mr. Klee told The Observer, but had “ambitiously shopped it around to some pretty elite publishing houses.”

Mr. Klee took his manuscript to OR Books himself. According to the query letter, Mr. Klee’s novel, Ivyland, “is a black comedy set in a crumbling, post-empire New Jersey. Aidan and Henri, childhood friends who came of age in the last days of social conscience, now watch their hometown disappear, street by street, into the corporate holdings of Endless Nutraceuticals. Across Ivyland, a second duo, DH and Leviticus, find a rare moment of entrepreneurial inspiration as the country collapses around them: they take to the open road as traveling amateur cosmetic surgeons, blitzed on the anesthetic Hallorax gas that keeps their clientele comfortably numb.”

We can’t wait for the book party!

ddaddario@observer.com :: @DPD_

Article continues below
More from Politics
STAR OF DAVID OR 'PLAIN STAR'?   If you thought "CP Time" was impolitic, on July 2 Donald Trump posted a picture on Twitter of a Star of David on top of a pile of cash next to Hillary Clinton's face. You'd think after the aforementioned crime stats incident (or after engaging a user called "@WhiteGenocideTM," or blasting out a quote from Benito Mussolini, or...) Trump would have learned to wait a full 15 seconds before hitting the "Tweet" button. But not only was the gaffe itself bad, the attempts at damage control made the BP oil spill response look a virtuoso performance.  About two hours after the image went up on Trump's account, somebody took it down and replaced it with a similar picture that swapped the hexagram with a circle (bearing the same legend "Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!"!). Believe it or not, it actually got worse from there. As reports arose that the first image had originated on a white supremacist message board, Trump insisted that the shape was a "sheriff's star," or "plain star," not a Star of David. And he continued to sulk about the coverage online and in public for days afterward, even when the media was clearly ready to move on. This refusal to just let some bad press go would haunt him later on.
Donald Trump More Or Less Says He’ll Keep On Tweeting as President