contemporary, relevant, provocative novellas
Khel Milam’s Novella, To Thee is This World Given
What is the appropriate behavior for a man or woman in the midst of this world were each person is clinging to his or her piece of debris? What is the proper salutation between them as they pass each other in this flood?
To Thee is This World Given is the first of a quintet of novellas about four characters adapting to a world haunted by the dead. It is the only one of the five in which all four characters interact.
The deceptively simple plot follows the twenty-four hour encounter between two strangers, a man and a woman, who cross paths in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.
The plot serves as a stage on which the characters reveal their complex and often contradictory natures as they attempt to understand each other and the world in which they now live.
At just over 100 pages, this thoughtfully composed novella’s steady, unrelenting pace shifts seamlessly from overt to subtle tension, creating a slow burn that holds the reader’s attention from start to finish. Its fluid, effortless prose is always driving forward with no extraneous motion.
To Thee is This World Given is brilliantly imagined, expertly told, and hard to put down.
About the author:
Khel grew up in Texas in the 1980s, but has lived in South Florida on and off for the past 17 years. Degrees in Anthropology and Philosophy and Law greatly influence her writing, as does her admiration for the works of John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and Jorge Luis Borges. Despite having intended on being a writer since high school, life seemed to always get in the way. And so, when finally given the opportunity to pursue writing full time, she took it, and her first book, To Thee is This World Given, was released the following year. Khel also writes short stories and believes that they are the best way to hone one’s writing skills.
To Thee Is This World Given, Khel Milam, Eponym ISBN 978-0-9862625-1-7 (hb) US $16.95 / 978-0-9862625-0-0 (pb) US $9.95 / 978-0-9862625-2-4 (Kindle/Mobi) US $2.99 / 978-0-09862625-3-1 (Nook /ePub) US $2.99