Occupy Wall Street Supporter Releases Debut Anti-Greed, Anti-War Novel

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The debut novel by Grimsby Grey, "The Wax Girl and the Copper Soldier" (Mulberry Bark Publishing), is a timely metaphor about isolation, war, love, poverty, and class.

The fairy tale style book, about an ex-soldier from the Mexican Revolution, suffering from a rare condition that slowly turns his body to metal, is now available in print, along with a Nook ebook version ($2.99).

“The story is written as a simple fairytale, and like all fairytales, it has a message,” said author Grimsby Grey, who has been an ardent supporter of the Occupy Movement. “Fairy tales are universal, and they present complex subjects in a simple way. The story is multi-layered and deals with all the major social themes that society is currently struggling with, but I’ll let the reader decide what the book means to them. All art is relative.”

Grey, who grew up in poverty, wanted to write a book for the voiceless.

“The Occupy Wall Street movement is not just about money, it’s about wanting a voice. Only a select few in America have a voice that gets heard, but every individual has a voice that deserves to be heard. Both the Copper Soldier and the Wax Girl feel voiceless, and trapped, and unable to participate and change the world around them,” said Grey.

Like most fairy tales, "The Wax Girl and the Copper Soldier," is grounded in reality but told in a fantastical way much like a Tim Burton film or a Dr. Seuss story.

The novel is “a surreal and beautiful blend of 'Frankenstein', Franz Kafka, and 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz',” said author Michelle Cushing ('Rosabelle, believe').

Grey was influenced as a writer by everything from the graphic novels 'Maus' and 'V for Vendetta' to freedom fighter and peacekeeper Nelson Mandela.

“Due to the book’s timely theme, Grimsby Grey has been in talks to turn the novel into an animated film,” said Dustin Brown of Mulberry Bark Publishing. “Right now, people are enjoying animated movies, along with more serious titles like Leonardo DiCaprio’s 'J. Edgar'.”

“I think this is a story that can speak to a lot of people. Just like life, there are moments of humor, sadness, and quirkiness,” Grey said, who studied writing at NYU.

Currently, Grey is continuing to support the Occupy Wall Street movement, along with working on another novel.

For more information on Grey or Mulberry Bark Publishing, visit http://www.mulberrybark.com.


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