The train is on the move.

In the Roaring Twenties, Edward Cumming might have become a railroad businessman, but he was more interested in literature. During the Depression, he tried to write a book about historical castrations. At thirty-nine, he died by suicide.

What went wrong for him? A lack of focus? A problem of fate? The number forty? Or was his book haunted?

In this train ride of an American biography, Tucker Lieberman tells the story of the would-be scholar of eunuchs. It is an essay about war, racism, gender, time, mortality, free will, money, argument, information architecture, and why a writer might not finish a book.



You can hear the author read a five-minute excerpt (MP3) at The Next Best Book Blog and another five-minute excerpt (YouTube) as part of Performance Anxiety’s March 2020 reading.

You can also read the entire introduction for free online! Use Glose’s “Start reading now” button or Kindle’s “Look inside” feature.


The eBook is available for Kobo (New England Mobile Book Fair and Indigo), Nook (Barnes and Noble), Kindle (Amazon), Apple Books, Glose, and as an ePub (Bertrand, Booktopia, and Weltbild).

Please request the paperback from your local independent bookstore or library! Ask for Ten Past Noon by Tucker Lieberman, ISBN 978-1-7329060-4-4. It is also available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Ten Past Noon: Focus and Fate at Forty by Tucker Lieberman.

Ten Past Noon

Focus and Fate at Forty

Author: Tucker Lieberman

Publisher: Glyph Torrent, February 2020

480 pages

ISBN 978-1-7329060-4-4 Paperback

ISBN 978-1-7329060-5-1 eBook

About the Author

Tucker Lieberman

Haunted by his acquaintance with the late author of Eunuchry, Tucker Lieberman wrote the ghost story “Exit Interview” for DefCon One’s “imaginary friends” fiction anthology, I Didn’t Break the Lamp. His recent books include Painting Dragons: What Storytellers Need to Know About Writing Eunuch Villains and Bad Fire: A Memoir of Disruption.

At Brown University, he received the Casey Shearer Memorial Award for Creative Nonfiction and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He earned a postgraduate degree in journalism from Boston University.

Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, he lives with the science fiction writer Arturo Serrano in Bogotá, Colombia. He is turning forty.

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