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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Rock Town Press; 1st edition (May 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979372607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979372605
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,815,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Award-winning journalist and author Brian Krans lives and works in the Midwest. A Constant Suicide is his first novel. Like his characters, Krans' experience at college was filled with many hours in party houses and even longer hours catching up in the library afterward. It was the hectic lifestyle of a student-partier and other forces that sent Krans into a state of depression that ended in a suicide attempt his junior year, only to be rescued by his roommate and cousin. In November 2006, in conjunction with the Q-C November Novelists, Krans expanded a short story he wrote at Winona State University into A Constant Suicide. Between a full-time job as a newspaper reporter, a weekend job as a bartender and volunteering with teenage kids, Krans wrote this part-fiction, part-memoir of his college experience. He is twenty-five years old.

More About the Author

Brian Krans has reported for newspapers from Hurricane Katrina, covered more than a hundred homicides, and investigated the politics of antibiotic resistance. He has, however, also written on the health benefits of a Disney princess' twerking routine.

His work has been published by numerous outlets including The Radvocate, Be-Mag, Wired, Charged, the Huffington Post, Yahoo! News, Fox News and BladeorDie.com. Originally from Wisconsin, he now lives in Oakland, Calif.

He's the author of A Constant Suicide, Freeze Tag on the Highway, Shred 'Til You're Dead 2, and Assault Rifles & Pedophiles: An American Love Story. He also owns Rock Town Press.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dean Johnson on June 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
A Constant Suicide should be required reading for incoming college freshmen. Brian Kran's debut novel is brutally honest about the struggle for identity and the tragic consequences sometimes associated with it. I'd recommend this book to those college-bound and to those who'd like to reminisce about a period of life full of endless possibility.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katharine Mutert on June 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
I did not know what to expect when I began this novel. However, Brian Krans' first novel, A Constant Suicide, is well written and developed. It sucked me in right away. The story jumps around from present to past to excerpts from a journal entry and back to the present. The characters were easy to identify with. We all can look back to college years and remember the pressures and stigmas and cliches. Everyone will get something different out of this book. Sometimes the people you are closest to are the farthest away.
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Brian Krans has a gift for painting vivid memories of a college freshman looking to shed his geeky high school self. Chris, the first reference of the book, knows college is his chance to start over ... to do everything that he didn't accomplish in high school. He has a chance to be someone.

Flipping between past, present, and journal entries, Krans hooks readers with a mystery ... why Chris' best friend and roommate killed himself. Then Krans leads readers on an adventure on how Chris and Ethan met and what kind of trouble they seemed to run into.

Krans' strength is painting the vivid and all-too-real college experience ... from meeting a cute girl to his first college party to his first sexual experience to hanging out with Ethan and the First Prentiss guys. Not only do readers get a glimpse of college life from a guy's point of view, but can believe the tales. I found myself laughing out loud several times at Chris' dialogue ("Chris will puke.")

The one weakness I had was the journal entries were a little long, mundane, and a little abstract. OK, I have another weakness ... the shortness of the book. I would have loved to read more characters and tales from college.

Overall, the book was a good read, where I needed to know why Ethan killed himself. Krans tells a good story with humour, insightfulness, and truth. I look forward to his second novel.
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By saisaac on December 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
How on earth can you condemn this novel? I love it. It is a really great work and I very much love the word usage and imagery throughout. I found the looking hindsight style of the novel to be very interesting and engaging. I was always wondering what really happened. The novel reads like a memoir and do not doubt that the author's own personal experiences helped to shape this work.
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