Released: October 19, 2021 by Atmosphere Press
Best Novella in the 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards!
As a bartender in Las Vegas, Curtis seems to have the dream life. He’s single, lives close to the Strip, and only has to worry about when to pick up the next extra shift. No one knows the truth about what happened ten years ago, and no one knows how he spends three months every year: as a part-time elf for Santa Claus.
When Curtis went to the Arctic Circle the first time, he thought he could escape the unthinkable. Now, the anniversary of the worst day of his life is coming up, and he’s been asked to do the unbelievable. If Curtis wasn’t a man of his word, he would turn his back on the whole thing. But Mr. C. took Curtis in when he had nowhere else to go, and now the boss is calling in a favor—the kind that will make Curtis face the memory of the unimaginable.
If you’ve ever wondered whether holiday magic is real, come find out. Embrace the season and the power of forgiveness along with Curtis as he discovers The Truth About Elves.
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Reviews, press, etc:
Reviewer Vic Peterson for Reedsy Discovery calls “the premise incredibly clever. The plot clips along, including surprise twists…”
The Midwest Book Review states that Elves arrives “just in time to assuage the pain of another Covid year in 2021” and declares, “Its story of hope and revelation is the perfect seasonal literary hot chocolate for readers seeking a holiday story with a difference.”
Saathee magazine says Elves is “a charming tale that offers not only a unique view of Santa’s Workshop but also how holiday magic can occur for someone who feels that he doesn’t even deserve it.”
Champaign-Urbana’s premiere online arts and culture magazine SmilePolitely calls the story world of Elves “a heartbreakingly real universe where metaphor functions as a means to a larger, deeper outcome. … Garg’s craft shines.”
Susan over at The Book Bag review blog says, “This is a delightful little story that offered me a little escape for a few hours as I soaked up the wonders of the North Pole…”
Books By Your Bedside says the premise of elves being regular people is “amazing. … That definitely adds a magical sparkle to everyday life.”
Phyllis from Phyllis Jones Pisanelli Reviews, in talking about the book, says “I think Santa does more than we ever knew.”
Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers’ Favorite calls the book a “magical tale of healing. … I consider myself fortunate to have come across this book.”
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The Mahomet Daily wrote a feature article on the book and my background in writing in December 2021.
Atmosphere author event, November 10, 2021
Book talk at the Mahomet Public Library, December 12, 2021
Virtual book talk over Zoom for the Champaign Public Library, December 15, 2021