Nagging Wives, Foolish Husbands

“Most people probably think that marriage is surreal enough, but Nathaniel Tower takes the absurdity a step further in this imaginative collection. In examining characters who give birth to boots, find gorillas in their spare bedrooms, and cheat the Potato King out of a stolen ring, Tower delights the reader at the same time that he provides strangely tender and apt insight into how we live our lives together.”
– David S. Atkinson, author of Bones Buried in the Dirt

“Wildebeests and gorillas in the house, a woman giving birth to a boot, babies who grow up before their time, a woman in love with a blade of grass — welcome to the weird, surreal, fascinating world of Nate Tower where anything and everything goes. Brilliant, witty, and satirical — I haven’t had this much fun reading fiction since Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Welcome to the Monkey House’ and Thomas Pynchon’s ‘The Crying of Lot 49.’”
– Jeffrey Miller, author of Ice Cream Headache

“Nathaniel Tower has an innate gift of making the implausible, the impossible, the insignificant spring to life as evidenced in his new story collection Nagging Wives, Foolish Husbands. What is utterly absurd becomes a form of (suspended) reality that this reader accepted and followed to its conclusion, with interest, and in some stories a pang of concern. Tower’s collection brings to mind the brain of Kafka.”
– Susan Tepper, author of The Merrill Diaries


Nathaniel Tower lives in the Twin Cities area with his wife and daughter. After teaching high school English for nine years, he decided to start a new career in writing / publishing / editing. His fiction has appeared in over two hundred online and print journals. In 2011, MuseItUp Publishing released his first novel, A Reason to Kill, followed a year later by his first novella, Hallways and Handguns. Nathaniel is the founding and managing editor of Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine and Press. When he’s not doing writerly things, he likes to joggle (juggle and run simultaneously). He is the former world record holder for running a mile backwards while juggling. He is working on getting his record back. Find out more about Nathaniel at

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