"They have never existed in the flesh. They have lived, however, in the higher and more vital sense that they have been part of the imagination. They are true in that they express the truth. … The delight of knowing the characters is not only one of the most attractive joys of novel reading, but it is one which helps greatly to brighten life." Arlo Bates wrote these words for a course of lectures he delivered at the Lowell Institute in the autumn of 1895.
What Bates wrote over a century ago could still be said of the characters in the novels published by Mid-List Press. Leslie Kove. Farbman. Paul Weber. Avery Walsh. The Reverend Andrews. Sheldon Green. Laura Brunner. Toshio and Nozomi. To echo Bates, the delights of knowing these characters is one of the most attractive joys of reading the novels published by Mid-List Press. The characters are alive, true to themselves, in a world of imagination.