Fires of Siberia has been written by Trey Sager, who is also releasing his memori Oedipus Breast later in the year too, and revolves around the character of Presidential candidate Danielle Powers.
The plot revolves around the Republican candidate who crashes in Siberia during a trip to improve her foreign policy credentials. She then must make her way back to civilisation and along the way she is helped by Steadman Bass, a good Samaritan with a heart of gold.
Sager said of the book, “The romance novel is kind of a unique genre because it’s viewed by many as a feminist genre. So it’s also possible that it’s kind of an empowering genre, and I actually really do believe that. So it’s explicitly not pornographic. It’s more along the lines of D.H. Lawrence, which has a major place in American literature.”
Sager admitted that he has respect for Bachmann though, stating, “I really admire her, and I think she’s both unique and enigmatic. … I had seen her a number of times and had been fascinated by her, this cultural figure, and I began to see how intently everybody seemed to feel about her.”
He then added, “One way or another, people were really psyched about her or were making T-shirts, calling her bats — crazy. And it kind of startled me at first. … I do feel that one of the reasons that she drives people crazy is because she’s a woman in power and I think that it’s a phenomenon in our culture that makes people react strongly.”
Sager then concluded, “Couple that with her attractiveness and sex appeal, and I thought, ‘OK, well maybe a romance novel is a good place to look into some of these cultural feelings.’”
Fires of Siberia is set to be released as an e-book on June 1 through the New York based publisher, Bandlands Unlimited.
The company’s founder, Paul Chan, has discussed this new fad of electronic reading, stating, “Historical distinctions between books, files, and artworks are dissolving rapidly. We publish and produce new works by artists and writers that embody the spirit of this emerging dissolution. We make books in an expanded field.”