Release Date – 2/21/17
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  • Publisher’s Weekly (Starred review) – “A striking novel” Full Review
  • Foreword Reviews (5/5 Hearts) – “An exquisitely honed, beautifully written novel.”
  • Verbicide – “Highly Recommended” –  Full Review
  • Medium – “Recommended without reservation” – Full Review
  • The Oregonian Live – “24 NW Books We’re Excited to Read in 2017”
  • The Haunted Reading Room (5/5 Stars) – ” A novel that is deep and rich, a literary pleasure . . . Best of 2017″ – Full Review
  • A Bohemian Mind – (4/5 Stars) – “A remarkable debut.” – Full Review
  • Making Good Stories – (4/5 Stars) – Full Review
  • Girl With a Pretty Keyboard – “It’s a weird little novel but it’s gritty and deeply emotional.” – Full Review

Print version of excerpt can be found here.

Cover art by Keith Rosson |

Riptide, Oregon, 1983. A sleepy coastal town, where crime usually consists of underage drinking down at a Wolf Point bonfire. But then strange things start happening—a human skeleton is unearthed in a local park and mutilated animals begin appearing, seemingly sacrificed, on the town’s beaches. The Mercy of the Tide follows four people drawn irrevocably together by a recent tragedy as they do their best to reclaim their lives—leading them all to a discovery that will change them and their town forever. At the heart of the story are Sam Finster, a senior in high school mourning the death of his mother, and his sister Trina, a nine-year-old deaf girl who denies her grief by dreaming of a nuclear apocalypse as Cold War tensions rise. Meanwhile, Sheriff Dave Dobbs and officer Nick Hayslip must try to put their own sorrows aside to figure out who, or what, is wreaking havoc on their once-idyllic town. Keith Rosson paints outside the typical genre lines with his brilliant debut novel. It is a gorgeously written book that merges the sly wonder of magical realism and alternate history with the depth and characterization of literary fiction.


rosson_keith_5491-1Keith Rosson’s fiction has appeared in Redivider, Cream City Review, PANK, The Nervous Breakdown, and more. He is the author of The Best of Intentions: The Avow Anthology, an omnibus collection of his long-running punk fanzine, Avow, as well as an illustrator and graphic designer, with clients that include Green Day, Against Me, the Goo Goo Dolls, and others. An advocate of both public libraries and non-ironic adulation of the cassette tape, he can be found at


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