available now: new fiction + non-fiction
"Witness is a rare thing: auto-reportage. Robert Rient has written a book that needs many readers, a book about the transformation from one life into another. How to give up one’s family, one’s own environment, the values instilled in childhood and not go crazy? The protagonist/author knows how, but he has paid a high price for his decision. It’s possible to change your life! And that’s why I read Witness ravenously."
– Mariusz Szczygieł
“A masterfully told story of betrayal and dislocation vibrantly narrated through the voices of an odd-ball aunt and her eccentric niece, Following Disasters is at once a mystery, a love story, and a narrative of healing. Nancy McCabe’s most recent novel explores that deepest human yearning: our need to belong. I couldn’t put it down.”
— Elaine Neil Orr
"a literary novel that reads like a thriller. In luminous prose, Shaffer tells a riveting, terrifying story of human violence, cruelty, and undying love, and she never puts a foot wrong. A marvelous debut."
— Pinckney Benedict
"Abigail Shaffer plumbs the depths of the Rough South as too few female voices do. She chronicles generations of youth spent on splintered porches and sweaty backseats, lost to the specters of sex, drugs, and short horizons. I hear Bonnie Jo Campbell in her work, but more than that I hear Harry Crews and Breece Pancake and Larry Brown, car wheels on a gravel road, the echo of a barn owl near dawn. This is a writer to listen to, for years to come.”
— Ashley Warlick
"Phong Nguyen takes on American history and literature in this captivating novel. Writing about a marginal character in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, he illuminates the marginal characters of American culture in the 19th century. The imaginative return of an adult Tom Sawyer is alone worth the price of this book."
— Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize
“mordant, hilarious and eminently readable”
— Zachary Mason
“funny, smart, and full of surprises”
— Christine Sneed
“Micah Perks is one of the most radiantly original writers around."
— Elizabeth McKenzie
"There is real magic here. . . Completely original, completely delightful."
— Karen Joy Fowler
"This is a warm, wild, hilarious, eccentric and moving book."
— Lauren Groff
"Written with a passion that burns onto the page. . . one of the finest memoirs I’ve read in quite a while."
— Andre Dubus III
"Josh MacIvor-Andersen uncovers everything dangerous and divine in the Tennessee treetops."
— Jeremy B. Jones
"There is wrestling in these pages — honest and painful wrestling with demons and doubt, and it is this essayistic reckoning through story that pulls me in and keeps me watching, almost hypnotized, as he dances through time and place with the same grace and skill with which Andersen and his brother danced through the trees of Nashville."
— Steven Church
"These stories turn themselves inside out, unhinge and pivot, a collection of epiphianic epiphanies"
— Michael Martone
"Eric Freeze investigates with not a little humor and plenty of sorrow, the chasms and chaos several men (and a few women) leave behind when they disappear."
— Pam Houston
“At the least unhinged and quite possibly a little insane, Lawrence Lenhart’s essays are perverse in the best way"
– Ander Monson
"a special kind of genius. . . Intense awareness combined with his intense concern make for a big heart and a big brain and a big, as in important, book"
– Nicole Walker
"Timmy Reed is one of the most original prose stylists to come down the pike in the last couple of decades, but there's more to his work than just style, and that 'more' includes a remarkable emotional honesty"
– Madison Smartt Bell
"IRL. . . is probably the best book I've ever read about someone who's addicted to the Internet"
– Jamie Iredell
"Madeleine E. is an impossibly entertaining book - indeed, a philosophical page turner"
— Amber Sparks
"Gabriel Blackwell's writing proves that a genre-defying literature is not only possible, it's necessary"
— Evan Lavender-Smith
"Interspersed among the collages of philosophical insight are hypnotic narratives about a man named Gabriel Blackwell, whose many possible lives reveal the dizzying potentials of our own. This is a wondrous book."
— Eric G. Wilson
"Patrick Fitzmike and Mike Fitzpatrick is a vigorous tumble through the power plays of sex, politics, and 20th-century Catholicism... Redemption, if it's possible, emerges from the mud"
— Dennis Mahoney
"Fred Leebron is one of the best writers working today. If you haven't read him yet, this beautifully written novel is the one to get first"
- Jenny Offill
"a fierce lyrical tribute to the families that lived through the 1964 Brazilian coup d'état"
- Ada Limon
"an exquisite, intimate epic about family, injustice and resistance"
- Hector Tobar
"Michelle Herman's beautifully written and wise novel probes the crucial and enduring questions of how we choose our paths in life"
- Lynne Sharon Schwartz
"Hope for A Cool Pillow is a moving argument for the reform of end-of-life care"
- Kirkus Reviews
"Hilarious and compassionate... should also be read by anyone over 39"
- James McManus
"Terese Brasen resurrects and reimagines a kind of Viking ballad from the fierce perspective of its women"
- Ashley Warlick
"a timeless tale of enslavement and empowerment"
- Jake Lamar
"Ben Nickol is that rare thing, a real writer"
- Donald Hays
Short fiction + non-fiction in our third annual anthology, edited by Sarah LaBrie
a few recent wonderful books. . .
+ amazing reviews
Los Angeles Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Times Literary Supplement, The Brooklyn Rail, CNN, The Oregonian, The Advocate and many, many others.
+ generous praise
with advance praise from Ann Beattie, William Finnegan, Zachary Lazar, Paul Theroux, Andrew Solomon, Charles Bock, Elizabeth McKenzie, John Casey, Myfanwy Collins, Honor Moore, Joan Leegant and many others.
S H O R T - I S H
More fiction + non-fiction.
The artful argument.
The story you don't want to stop.
by Alison Wellford
"Gorgeously wrought prose and a moral ambiguity so perfectly deployed. . ."
- Lauren Groff
Short fiction and non-fiction by 30 award-winning and emerging authors.
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
"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
"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
"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
"Colin Fleming is one of the truly exciting and significant writers of his generation."
- Richard Burgin, editor of Boulevard
"This is a world where the pull of friendship is far stronger than the pull of family, where cars are freedom, stories are everything, and home is thick with ghosts."
- Emily St. Jean Mandel
A new annual anthology of fiction and non-fiction devoted to life in California.
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
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
"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
"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
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.
"The type of courage we should expect from American writers but rarely find" - Matthew Duffus, The Critical Flame
"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
Thirty short essays, crafted as epitaphs, each one unfolding in a single sentence.
"A courageous, honest, and decidedly non-angelic dissection of the instants, both mundane and macrocosmic, that shape a man, and the malaise that tears him to the core." - The Colagist
"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?"
by Mindy Hung
"No more gazing longingly into the glowing windows of family homes. . ."
A mordant comedy about sex tourism in South East Asia.
for the global economy.
"As far back as I can remember,
people told me I was too quiet..."
by Joel Kopplin
"He tells me this, this is beautiful whatever he means. . ."
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"
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
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"
I'll Be A Stranger To You
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
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..."