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"Harriet Chessman gives us intimate glimpses of a celebrated artist’s eloquently human landscape, saturated with the dense complexities of family life in 19th century New Orleans. This nuanced story of love lost and found, wrapped around the experience of seeing and being seen, is itself a masterful work of art." - Elizabeth Rosner, author of Electric City, on In The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas,

"Like a great mystery film, it makes you want to poke holes in all the storylines around you. It's a refreshing, haunted take on the essay and the memoir, one that complicates both by refusing to let you say for sure where either ends." - Blake Butler at VICE on Gabriel Blackwell's Madeleine E.

"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, author of The Sympathizer, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, on The Advenstures of Joe Harper by Phong Nguyen.

“Micah Perks’ wonderful and surprising new novel proves that the life of a small-town schoolteacher can be by turns comic, dramatic, joyful, and violent. For one thing, its wise and observant narrators are unborn twins. . .” - Alison Lurie on What Becomes Us by Micah Perks

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She’s in a smoky log cabin trying to breathe. Smoke stings her eyes into slits and pinches her throat closed.

She is pressed everywhere by people and dogs and smoke and the smell of urine and sweat. . .

Read an excerpt from What Becomes Us by Micah Perks

The day had come to die proper. You mightn’t think life had nothing more to offer a 35-year-old Joe Harper,

but then again you mightn’t have abandoned all your kin and returned home ten years on. . .

Read an excerpt from The Adventures of Joe Harper by Phong Nguyen

I see a universe animated by appetite. All history the story of hunger.

For sustenance, shelter, and sex. The hunger for power and love. . .

Read an excerpt from On Heights & Hunger by Josh MacIvor-Andersen

Back before she got really sick, Aunt Beth said she was going to haunt me someday.

Later, after her face turned moony, her movements slow, and her words edged like the little serrations on a butter knife, . . .

Read an excerpt from Following Disasters by Nancy McCabe

Sheri pushes her lips into a pout, reveling in the feel of the satiny layers of Miami Samba coating her lips

She says it aloud, Miami Samba, loving the smooth, waxy taste. . .

Read an excerpt from Children of the Country by Abigail R. Shaffer

For the first twelve years of my life they called me Larry.

And then, one day, they started calling me Dogsucker.

Read an excerpt from The Well-Stocked and Gilded Cage by Lawrence Lenhart

Even after watching Vertigo fifty-plus times, I have no mental picture of him.

Why is Stewart chasing this man? We will never know.

Read an excerpt from Madeleine E. by Gabriel Blackwell

There is no great sense of loss for those with limited expectations.

Inspired by the lives and careers Cardinal Francis Spellman and Cardinal Richard Cushing.

Read an excerpt from Patrick Fitzmike and Mike Fitzpatrick by Larry Smith

Bradley dresses like a child, and appears a child, against that sea of shirtsleeves and ties.

But like anything on a sea, he floats, he is above.

Read an excerpt from Adherence: A Romance by Ben Nickol

These people who think they are something, they are really not.

They come and go wrapped like gypsies at a carnival, sounding like artists, smelling of mildew. I can’t take them anymore.

Read an excerpt from Welcome to Christiania by Fred Leebron

I wake up to check my computer to see if I have posted anything I am now embarrassed by so I can delete it.

I get distracted by other things.

Read an excerpt from IRL by Timmy Reed

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