The dark, light, and quirky experimental fiction of THE LOOSE PURPLE TIE: 3 NOVELLAS reveals Pete O'Brien in his astonishing storytelling debut. The novellas ask, What if by some enchantment writer Morgan Staunch ends up on the page of his own story? And what if he meets his main character Henrieta Stowe there, but she rebels against him, as a toxic product kills off humans by the millions? What if following a dermatologist's appointment, Cassandra Newhart awakes one morning suddenly dropped right out of her life and into a tumultuous story of curiosities and danger? And what if on the heels of her first perilous quest, she must venture on another? Here are truly exhilarating journeys to be on, through locales that include such things as an inexplicable woolly mammoth, a pickpocket cloud, and a cat that always speaks her mind.