The Third Traveler

The new novel from author Stephen Graf

An epic tale spanning three continents and four decades, The Third Traveler depicts the triumphs and defeats of three generations of an Irish family. Moving from the Antarctic to County Kerry to Hell’s Kitchen and back again, The Third Traveler explores the ways in which loss, regret, and fear can immobilize us.

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"Gripping and detailed!" - John Oakes, legendary publisher and former editor of Grove Press

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About Stephen.

Stephen Graf has more than thirty publication credits for short fiction and creative non-fiction including:Philadelphia Stories, AIM (Magazine), Cicada, The Southern Review, The Chrysalis Reader, Fiction, New Works Review, The Broadkill Review, SNReview, and The Black Mountain Review in Ireland, among others.  His short fiction has won several Editor’s Choice awards, has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (awarded to the best short story published by an American small press), he was awarded an honorable mention in the Byline Flash Fiction contest and was a finalist in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open. His long short story “The Secret Life of Seals,” was published in weekly serial format in Straylight magazine online.

Stephen is happy to introduce his first published novel - The Third Traveler, an epic tale about the lives of three generations of an Irish family spanning four decades and three continents, and The Cosmological Constant, a darkly comic detective novel set in in Berkeley, California, about an alcoholic former cop with a troubled past who is hired by a disgraced former Nobel Prize winning scientist to discover who sabotaged his work.

Stephen has written three screenplays. “Three Hundred Years in Paradise”, “The Art of Taking a Dive”, and “Nuka Bay”, each of which has placed in, or won, major international competitions.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, where he currently resides, Stephen was an amateur boxing champion as a youth, has jumped out of airplanes and rappelled out of helicopters in the U.S. Army.  He taught ESL in San Francisco and taught English and coached football at an inner-city high school in Oakland, CA. He worked on a commercial fishing boat out of Seward, Alaska, and worked for a public relations firm in Madrid, Spain, among other things.  He is a graduate of Wake Forest University, holds a Masters Degree in Anglo-Irish Literature from Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland) and a Ph.D. in 20th century Irish Literature from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK.  He currently teaches at a university in Pittsburgh and has published a number of scholarly essays, reviews, and interviews.

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