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Life Indigo

Kasper Mützenmacher keeps a divine "wishing hat" locked in the wall safe of his Berlin hat shop.
The Mützenmacher family has been cursed to sell hats ever since their Greek ancestor stole the god Hermes' teleportation hat in the fourth century. Kasper doesn't mind making hats, though, and he loves Berlin's cabaret scene even more. But his carefree life of jazz and booze comes to a screeching halt after he uses the wishing hat to rescue his flapper girlfriend from the shadowy Klaus, a veil-wearing Nazi who brainwashes his victims until they can't see their own faces.
When Klaus steals the wishing hat on Kristallnacht, the Mützenmachers appear headed to Dachau. But even if Kasper can get back the hat, the family won't be any safer in America until they break the curse that has trapped them in the hat business for sixteen centuries.
Life Indigo is a funny, dark, fantastical journey through the Jazz Age, Nazi Germany, and WWII Detroit.



2017 Foreword INDIES Awards Finalist


"one part noir, one part slapstick, and one part high-octane adventure.... Fentonmiller weaves an incredible, breakneck story that jumps from the personal to the political in a single breath."
"an undeniably imaginative journey. Beyond fantastical, but it keeps the reader eager to uncover its final destination."

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