Totally Losing Face and Other Stories

Someone has unleashed a genetically modified version of the common cane toad (bufo marinus) into the wilds of the Australian outback. The newly created species, dubbed GoMo BoMo (Genetically Modified Bufo Marinus), is ravaging Australian wildlife and attacking people, while a large U.S. conglomerate tries to keep the mistake under wraps. Before GoMo BoMo goes global, two friends must piece together the clues and get to the bottom of perhaps the biggest scientific cock-up to date!

GoMo BoMo is just one of 20 tantalizing tales in Hillel Groovatti's new book of short fiction entitled Totally Losing Face and Other Stories. Groovatti enlivens his captivatingly original stories with a wide-range of intriguing characters, diverse locations, dark humor, and a dash of sci-fi.

Meet best friends Kyle and Chris whose hangover Sunday is invaded by a pear-shaped alien trapped on their kitchen table. Visit a famous Amsterdam museum with a group of New Yorkers as they accidentally wander into a one-man sex show. Learn the secrets of Chinese cooking from a culinary expert. Fly to Japan, the hard way. Venture to Taiwan and discover what it's like to totally lose face. And brace yourself for one wild, off the hook, crazy ride!

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20 Intriguing Stories

Not for the squeamish, Totally Losing Face and Other Stories introduces twenty tales of adventure, survival, and misfortune. In this his first book of short fiction, Hillel Groovatti enlivens his captivatingly original stories with a wide-range of intriguing characters, diverse locations, dark and sometimes zany humor, and a dash of sci-fi.

Dark, Humorous, and Totally Off the Hook!

With a variety of stories covering various genres, Totally Losing Face and Other Stories is for readers equipped with a creative imagination and an inflated funny bone.

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Hillel Groovatti

With twenty outrageous stories spanning everything from the bizarre to the unbelievable, Totally Losing Face and Other Stories is one off-beat collection of fiction that plunges the reader on a wild roller coaster ride and continuously delivers from beginning to end.

Hillel Groovatti - Author of Totally Losing Face and Other Stories


"Hillel has a great style of writing that keeps you engaged & engulfed in the stories."


"A great collection of amusing and stimulating stories and exotic experiences with lots of unpredictable and humorous elements, looking at things from an often wacky and raw point of view with no holds barred."


"Holy cow this was amazing! Give me more more more!"

Chris Versus the Succulent Pear

When an alien shaped like a pear suddenly appears on Chris's kitchen table, Chris and his college roommate are forced to use all their creative juices to do battle with the strange creature and protect their humble apartment.

Flying Rebar

Two couples from New York city are in for a wild ride when they witness a rogue performing artist at an Amsterdam museum.

Totally Losing Face

A newcomer to Taiwan learns what it's like to truly lose face after dating a local hell-bent on saving her face.

Gareth's Dilemma

Gareth struggles with several relationships in Taipei, Taiwan. As the seasons change, so does his attitude towards women.

GoMo BoMo

Based in the future, GoMo BoMo is a cautionary tale of science gone awry. Set in Australia and the USA, a corporate conglomerate attempts to genetically splice a chicken and a toad to speed up the life cycle and fertility of chickens. When live samples mysteriously go missing, two friends must track down the clues and bring the issue to the attention of the public. Even if it means bringing down their own company.

Hsaio-mei's New Lover

Hooking up with an old fuckbuddy is not as easy as it used to be in this flash fiction story.

Pinching Zits

At a bizarre cocktail party, one man attempts to remove a large zit draped across a coworker's head, which then kickstarts an absurd sequence of events.

Taichung Kungfu

An expat traveling in Taichung, Taiwan struggles with the language in this flash fiction comedy.

The Celebrated Chef of Guangdong Province

Set in China's booming Guangdong province, a chef creates an amazingly new dish; unfortunately, the main ingredient may be too difficult to obtain.

The English Virgin

A new English teacher in Taiwan struggles with teaching, the culture, and most of all, red tape.

The Fecal Anomaly

Home alone for the weekend, two high schoolers have their plans ruined when one of them develops a medical condition of epic proportions!

Will the Thrill

An army vet confronts his mortality in this flash fiction character study.

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