A finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award and Eric Hoffer Book Award.
Named one of BuzzFeed’s 17 Books from Independent Publishers You Need to Read in Summer 2022.
“Coil Quake Rift deals, in an ambitious and imaginative way, with not only space, time, and memory, but also with the yearning we all have to love and be loved. Nathan Elias is a damn fine storyteller.”
— Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time and The Heavenly Table
“In Coil Quake Rift, four characters connected by a history of love, betrayal, and loss, come together and fall apart in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that opens a portal in space and time. With clear, confident prose, Nathan Elias sets these characters on a poignant and emotional metaphysical journey that forces them to grapple with regret and possibility; the destination is extraordinarily satisfying. Coil Quake Rift is a gift for anyone who has ever asked: what if?”
— Tiffany Quay Tyson, author of The Past is Never and Three Rivers
“Coil Quake Rift is a cinematic, contemplative, reality-bending page-turner deepened by its vivid Los Angeles setting and its intriguing questions about multiple universes and the afterlife.”
— Andromeda Romano-Lax, author of Annie and the Wolves
“Coil Quake Rift grapples fearlessly with the inescapable motif of the apocalypse that haunts our century. With kinetic, vibrant prose and visionary point of view, Elias has crafted a stunning novel with a mesmerizing plot and provocative existential themes. A marvelous book that adds to the rich literary tradition of Los Angeles disaster narratives, Coil Quake Rift reminds us the apocalypse is both personal and collective. Just like the rift that has opened in Elias’s depiction of Venice Beach, this book will open a fissure in your mind and in your heart.”
— Alistair McCartney, author of The Disintegrations and The End of the World Book
“A haunting philosophical thriller, Nathan Elias’s debut novel Coil Quake Rift more than fulfills the promise of his 2020 short story collection, The Reincarnations. It’s frankly dizzying to think that, in just a couple of books, Elias has proven himself that rarest of authors: a sci-fi master who loves people, their faults and foibles, their wishes and dreams.”
— Christopher Clancy, author of We Take Care of Our Own
“Beautifully written and artfully imagined.” —Wendy Fox, BuzzFeed Books