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Small Apartments 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1895636352
ISBN-10: 1895636353
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"Hilarious and engaging...an impressive achievement for a first novel." -- The Post-Star (Glen Falls, NY)

"The novel...is a quick and engaging two-hour read with pithy dialogue delivered at a thriller's page-turning pace." -- The Saratogian (Saratoga Springs, NY

"brisk and compact...surprisingly expansive thematic breadth, a thoughtful, silly yet serious life study in goofy pathos." -- The Globe and Mail, September 8, 2001

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Life rewards those who see what they want and take it. Life is one big food chain. Little fish might never eat big fish, but little fish are always eating other little fish. The big fish eat the little fish and it's never the other way around.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Anvil Press; 1 edition (May 16, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1895636353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1895636352
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,519,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Millis is a prize-winning, bestselling writer, producer, and cartoonist. He adapted his first novel, Small Apartments (print: Anvil Press, 2001; digital: Thirteen Books Publishing, 2012), into a feature film directed by Jonas Akerlund that stars Billy Crystal, Matt Lucas, James Caan, Johnny Knoxville, Dolph Lundgren, Peter Stormare, Juno Temple, James Marsden, Amanda Plummer, Rosie Perez, Rebel Wilson, and many more. The film had it's World Premiere at the 2012 South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. It was an audience favorite as a dark, subversive cult hit, prompting The Hollywood Reporter in its review to call it "singularly weird."

As a screenwriter and producer, Millis has several original and rewrite projects in development. Some current projects include: "On Tilt," with director Goran Dukic ("Wristcutters: A Love Story"), "The Love Broker," with director Mark Piznarski ("Gossip Girl"), and the caper comedy, "Tackling Larry Csonka," starring Matt Lucas.

Millis's second novel, God & California, previously optioned by Lionsgate, is scheduled for publication in 2012.

As a celebrity collaborator, Millis's credited books include The Making of a Stand-Up Guy, with comedian Charlie Murphy (Simon & Schuster, 2009), and Here's the Situation, with Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, star of MTV's "Jersey Shore" (Penguin, 2010). Millis frequently writes and travels with actor-comedian Rob Schneider and is collaborating with Rob on several projects, including his memoir.

As a cartoonist, Millis has partnered with John McPherson since 1995 on the syndicated cartoon panel "Close To Home," distributed to over 700 newspapers worldwide by Universal Press Syndicate. He has illustrated political, humor, and children's books including An American Bestiary (Lone Oak Press, 2000) by the late presidential candidate, U.S. Senator, and poet-statesman Eugene J. McCarthy, and the popular New England children's book, A Clam Named Sam (Lone Oak Press, 2001) by conservationist Lee DeVitt. Millis has published thousands of his drawings in newspapers, magazines, on greeting cards and toys.

Millis began his career as an art director and sportswriter for daily newspapers in upstate New York. He holds a B.A. in Art from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo State College and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Vermont. He lives in New York and Los Angeles with his wife and twin sons. Learn more at chrismillis.com or follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisMillis.

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Franklin plays the alphorn and dreams of Switzerland. His crazy brother sends him fingernail clippings in the mail. One of his neighbors is a forgetful pot-head, the other a gruff busybody who doesn't miss anything. Across the street live a mother and her fifteen-year-old daughter, whom he likes to watch from his window, but none of these are Franklin's real problem. His real problem is that his landlord is dead, laid out on the linoleum of his kitchen, and Switzerland seems farther away all the time.

Small Apartments, by Chris Millis, captures the reader with the dead landlord on the kitchen floor and Franklin in his underwear, and it only gets stranger from there. As we learn more about Franklin's life and how he has come to have a dead landlord in his kitchen, we are compelled to keep reading, wondering how in the world everything might work out fine. Millis projects a wistful sadness throughout the book, and even the funny parts seem like laughing through the pain. Far from making the reader want to put the book aside, however, the gloomy mood creates a sympathy for Franklin, and a hope that the book will end happy for him, in some degree, anyway. The direness of his situation generates real interest in how the author will bring this about, and the pages keep turning.

From a writer's perspective, Small Apartments could serve as a textbook for writing a novel in three days. Looking at it from a high level, it seems evident that Millis sketched the characters and developed the arc of scenes and chapters before starting the competition, then used his writing time to race through the text, allowing quirky tangents to come up when the muse moved him.
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Amazing book...a must read! For anyone who ever rented an apartment and had a landlord, this will bring out memories of all of those apartment experiences with your neighbors! Chris Millis is an extremely talented author whose mind has a way of seeing things that you and I might never notice. The fact that he wrote this book in three days is incredible. You will love it!
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Chris Millis is a shining star. His tight novella was written in three days through the famous Canadian competition. It's a stellar read and the author's genius shines through with characters like Franklin Franklin, Burt Walnut and Mr. Allspice. Oh, and let's not forget the dead Mr. Olivetti. There's nothing like a corpse on the kitchen floor to kick off a super story.
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A friend recommended this book to me and it is well worth the read! Well written, enjoyable, easy read, and FUN! Unexpected characters and unexpected storylines keep you glued until the last page. Don't miss it, you'll regret it.
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Chris Millis has an imagination that must keep him awake at night, chuckling. I read Small Apartments in one sitting. What a fun ride!!!
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