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by Alison Wellford

"Gorgeously wrought prose and a moral ambiguity so perfectly deployed. . ."
- Lauren Groff, Arcadia

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California Prose Directory 2014:
New Writing from The Golden State

edited by J. Ryan Stradal

Our second annual collection of short fiction and non-fiction about life in California features work by 30 award-winning and emerging authors.

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The Wes Letters
by Feliz Lucia Molina, Ben Segal and Brett Zehner

"Writing into the sand hole that is 'Wes Anderson,' three friends write their way almost to the limit of their engagingly ambivalent and indisputably brilliant personalities, thereby calling into question the certainty of anything. Follow their quest to the Fin/n/ish line! A gripping read."
- Chris Kraus, I Love Dick

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A Moody Fellow Finds Love And Then Dies
by Douglas Watson

"A wise, funny and strangely sad fable of love, art and life. Moody Fellow is a hero for anyone who's young and lost and yearning to be found."
- Lev Grossman, The Magicians

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Commercial Fiction
by Dave Housley

"With Commercial Fiction, Dave Housley once again stakes his claim as the poet laureate of pop culture. No one else could take the cynical manipulations of commercials and extract from them so much humor and empathy and heart."
- Matt Bell, In the House Upon The Dirt Between The Lake And The Woods

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by Ravi Mangla

"Funny, moving, perceptive, artful -- these are the first words that came to mind when I tried to describe UNDERSTUDIES to a friend. And then, to better capture its spirit, I began reading it aloud and marveled all over again at Ravi Mangla's ability to tell us, with precision and wit, what deserves to be known."
- Joanna Scott

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Dark March: Stories for When the Rest of the World is Asleep
by Colin Fleming

"Colin Fleming is one of the truly exciting and significant writers of his generation."
- Richard Burgin, editor of Boulevard

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Something Pretty, Something Beautiful
by Eric Barnes

"Elegantly constructed and lovingly, tenderly, savagely written. . . the most harrowing portrait of American boys careening into manhood that I've ever read. And the truest." - Benjamin Whitmer

A new novel from the author of Shimmer.

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California Prose Directory:
New Writing from the Golden State

Charles McLeod, editor

A new anthology of fiction and non-fiction devoted to life in California.

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The Autobiography of Daniel J. Isengart
by Filip Noterdaeme

Using Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas as a template, Filip Noterdaeme tells the story of two eccentric expatriates who find love in New York City and carve out a delirious, dadaesque life on the margins of the contemporary art world.

"A lovely romp with the absurd. . . It's hard to imagine anything more charming."
- Andrew Solomon

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Nights I Dreamed of Hubert Humphrey
by Daniel Mueller

A new collection by the author of the critically-acclaimed How Animals Mate.

"These stories are outrageous and big-hearted, disturbing and beautiful, wretched and redeemed. Half of them made me want to sleep with the lights on, and all of them reaffirmed that Dan Mueller is some kind of mad artistic genius." - Paul Harding, Tinkers

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A City on a Hill
by Stanley Jenkins

"Stanley Jenkins' unforgettable characters roam America's heartland in search of its soul. If there is grace to be found amid nihilism, the stories in this disturbingly beautiful collection find it. Jenkins finds shards of humanity inside hardened criminals, and the petty larceny lurking in all our hearts. A City On A Hill is a stunning debut." - Dick Scanlon

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by Perry Glasser

"A literary version of a great rock album. . . the story of our generation, and how we got to where we are by doing the best we could with what we knew at the time. . . No irritable reaching after fact and reason. Just. . . truth. And it deserves to go platinum" - David Bradley, The Chaneysville Incident

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A Misfit's Guide to
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

by TJ Beitelman

Thirteen thumbnail sketches in a semi-causally related sequence that more or less maps out what it was like to be the author from, say, 1996 to 2011, with a judicious feint or two toward the back story where appropriate.

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American Weather
a novel
by Charles McLeod

"The type of courage we should expect from American writers but rarely find" - Matthew Duffus, The Critical Flame

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National Treasures
by Charles McLeod

"These stories are a portrait of America in all its breadth, across regions, classes, races, religions. Charles McLeod knows the whole country through its ill-fitting parts and people. All through this book, there are moments of wild candor and insight that crack the surface of daily life." - Salvatore Scibona, The End

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inscriptions for headstones
by Matthew Vollmer

Thirty short essays, crafted as epitaphs, each one unfolding in a single sentence.
From the author of the critically-acclaimed Future Missionaries of America.

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Danielle Déronde
a novel
by Burton Raffel

"What sort of God would allow not only the black, bleak existence of Hitler and all his minions, all the things that had happened and were still happening, and not only to Jews, but blindly, indifferently tolerate the revolting fact of this disgusting, immoral, impossible pregnancy?"

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a novel
by Mindy Hung

"No more gazing longingly into the glowing windows of family homes. . ."
A mordant comedy about sex tourism in South East Asia.
A Lolita for the global economy.

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Loud Memories
of A Quiet Life

by Tom Molanphy

"As far back as I can remember, people told me I was too quiet..."

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a short novel
by Joel Kopplin

"He tells me this, this is beautiful whatever he means. . ."

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of the

a novel

Alice at 80
a novel

The Missing
Cantos & Stanzas
of Ariosto's
Orlando Furioso

of the Barrel:

The Herring

of the Novel

a novel

a new translation

High Street
by Tetman Callis

"the devil is right behind me, tapping me on the shoulder to get me to come back, reminding me of how good it feels to be high in the summertime, day and night; telling me, Hey, big fella, you haven't fallen far enough; I keep shooting at you, big fella, but all you get is grazed and I want a square shot"

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The You-City:
Technology, Experience & Life on the Ground

by Jeff Ferzoco

"A tour through a digitally-enhanced city of the future if Siri had a soul, a sense of humor, a questioning nature and the ability to make friends" - Tony Hiss

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a novel

by Diza Sauers

"This book is so strange and so good, a discovery, a treasure found, in more ways than one. It's a book of awesome links and leaps, peopled by characters mythic in their divine and formless quests. Feral children, runaway moms, ruthless reckless men and fabulous stories in every rock, seed and desperate room. A most disquieting and satisfying read." - Joy Williams

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Love in the Time of Foreclosure
by Stephanie Alison Walker

A first-person account from someone who's made it to the other side. Walker details the daily struggle. And after hearing from others facing the same trouble, she's committed to fighting the stigma of financial hardship.

"Stephanie Walker has the wit to transform the shame and anxiety of foreclosure into a genuine human adventure" - Dick Gordon, APR's "The Story"

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I'll Be A Stranger To You
a novel

by Cara Diaconoff

A young software pro returns to Moscow - with carnal memories of his old missionary companion. His wife stays in Boston, waiting for him to return, to build a family and a Mormon way of life. But it's the end of the 1990's, the end of Russia's gold-rush era, and the end of ideals stretched beyond good use.

"An excellent novel of conscience" - Kevin McIlvoy

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Adios, Mexico
Two Gay Refugees

"Father Alfonso said that if what the other children said about me was true, then I must take cold baths. That, he told me, would rid me of the devil..."

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