Luminis Spring literary fiction ~ Ghosts of Tom Joad and Antiphony


A story about growth, failure, and redemption, Ghosts of Tom Joad traces the rise of the working poor and the don’t-have-to-work-rich as it follows the fortunes of the protagonist Earl. Anyone interested in the impact of political and business policy on the American Dream will be drawn to this profound, humorous, and moving novel.

“Politicians come and go, but the critical issues tearing at our society do not. In his new book Ghosts of Tom Joad, Van Buren turns to the larger themes of social justice and equality, and asks uncomfortable questions about where we are headed.” ~ Daniel Elisberg, whistleblower, The Pentagon Papers

“A lyrical, and deeply reported look at America’s decline from the bottom up. Though a work of fiction, Ghosts of Tom Joad is – sadly, and importantly – based on absolute fact. Buy it, read it, think about it.” ~ Janet Reitman, contributing editor, Rolling Stone, author of Inside Scientology: the Story of American’s Most Secretive Religion

Peter Van Buren , a 24-year veteran Foreign Service Officer at the State Department, spent a year in Iraq leading two State Department Provincial Reconstruction Teams. His first book,  We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, Metropolitan Books, 2011, received critical acclaim.

Learn more at the Luminis Books website.


Theodore Reveil is one of the leading lights in String Theory physics, on his way to present his latest research at a triumphant meeting of his colleagues from around the world, when he realizes he has lost the notes for his presentation.
At the podium, in the midst of his distraction and confusion, he poses the question: “What if the universe is really a giant thought?”

Antiphony traces the downward spiral of Theodore’s career in the wake of what he has said, and the remarkable transformation that leads him into the depths of madness . . . or the revelation of the Final Theory, the ultimate secret of the universe.

“Hold on to your chair or you will be totally transported out of your comfort zone by local author Chris Katsaropoulos’ new novel. “Antiphony” (Luminis Books) does what is title intends it ensnares you with “alternative or responsive ideas or opinions.” The lyrical writing in “Antiphony” deftly dances between Reveil’s meandering thoughts and the world in which he is moving about. It starts with Reveil wondering: “What if the universe is really a giant thought?” It ends with a shocking revelation about one human in the pursuit of one truth. Katsaropoulos is an emerging fresh literary voice not to be overlooked.” ~ Rita Kohn, NUVO Magazine

 “Katsaropoulos raises many intriguing questions that offer metaphysical food for the mind. The ultimate questions “Antiphony” poses for the reader are: What if Theodore is mad? What if, indeed, we are all? Read the book! The story is fascinating and the writing is powerful and poetic.” ~ Joseph Yurt for Reader Views and in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Chris Katsaropoulos is the author of more than a dozen titles, including two novels, Fragile and Antiphony. He has traveled extensively in Europe and North America, and enjoys collecting books and music. His first collection of poetry Complex Knowing is due out in Fall, 2014.

Learn more at the Luminis Books website.


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