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American Faust

A Novel

by Rip Brown

“Feast on Faust in this agile and buxom tale”

– Indie Reader

What reviewers are saying

  • “Filled with engrossing interplays between past and present, the devil, and a soulful spirit, American Faust juxtaposes literary allusion with modern-day inspections, weaving fantasy and reality into a layering of events that keep readers not just engrossed, but thinking.”

    Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
  • “An inventive but uneven tale about what people will do to get what they want.

    In this debut literary novel, three people from different decades are ensnared in one diabolical plot.”

    Kirkus Review
  • “A retelling of the Faust legend, this rich and playful deal-with-the-devil tale will enrapture readers with the ways relationships can harm and heal us.”

    Publishers Weekly Booklife Review
  • “There are satisfying, unpredictable narrative leaps in this Hitchcock-evocative, fantastical novel American Faust.”

    Clarion Reviews
  • “Offers mysteries that will please readers who prefer some subtlety in depictions of the uncanny, particularly the open-ended climax that invites numerous interpretations and will leave readers who relish the elusive hungry for more”.

    Publishers Weekly Booklife Review
  • “Ancient Faustian folklore tackles American convention in Brown’s delightfully disorienting novel, American Faust.”

    Indies Today
  • “Feast on Faust in this agile and buxom tale.

    AMERICAN FAUST is a timeless cautionary tale that poses complex questions to which there are no simple answers. It is a worthwhile read, not least because it implicitly invites readers to ask uncomfortable questions of themselves.”

    Indie Reader


    Three Americans from different time periods make a deal with the Devil, only to find themselves trapped together on a mystical country estate frozen in time.  They must learn to trust each other if they are ever to escape, with their souls in tact.

    American Faust cover

    American Faust

    A Novel

    Release date: May 23, 2022

    Rip Brown portrait, black and white

    About the Author

    Rip Brown is a member of The Writer’s Room, New York City’s first and most acclaimed professional writers’ colony.

    He studied creative writing at the Harvard Extension School, led writer’s groups and won first prize in Digital Americana’s short fiction competition with an excerpt from his novel, American Faust.

    A former executive with Walmart in Mexico, Brown turned to writing serious fiction when his daughters became a manageable age. He lives and works in New York City.

    Release Details

    May 23, 2022
    American Faust is published through Ibex Press and is available at the following outlets and at your local bookstore.
    Book Specifications

    ISBN: 978-1-957510-00-2

    US $29.95
    CAN $38.00

    Size: 5.5 x 8.5 in

    Page count: 400


    ISBN: 978-1-957510-01-9

    US $16.95
    CAN $21.99

    Size: 5 x 8 in

    Page count: 400


    ISBN: 978-1-957510-02-6

    US $10.99