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David Armand: The Gorge

David Armand

In the opening scenes of The Gorge, a new novel by Louisiana writer David Armand (Southeast Missouri State University Press) the far reaches of a sunken cave create an ominous presence that fuels the novel’s dark tone. At any point, The Gorge feels likely to break out into eruptions of brutality, or to stoke its

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October 5, 2015

Lori Ostlund – After the Parade

In 2009, Lori Ostlund wrote one of my all-time favorite story collections, The Bigness of the World, which received the Flannery O’Conner Award for Short Fiction. Now her first novel, a very well-constructed, deeply introspective book called After the Parade, is set to be released in September 2015. We recently sat down to talk about

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September 21, 2015

Ellen Urbani – Landfall

Ellen Urbani’s debut novel Landfall pits two adolescent girls against myriad dangers, both physical and psychological, all set in motion by the disastrous experience of Hurricane Katrina. Drawing from harrowing events documented about post-Katrina New Orleans and her own experience in the treatment of trauma survivors, Urbani follows Rose and Rosy as they navigate the

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September 7, 2015

Sara Jaffe – Dryland

SARA JAFFE offers up her debut novel, Dryland, in September (Tin House Books). This is an amazingly evocative and restrained piece of writing; as Maggie Nelson says, “It’s realism, but its realism brushes ever so deftly against the allegorical, making the novel shimmer, part diary, part dream.” Dryland resonates with wonder, with subtle and earnest

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August 31, 2015

Alexandra Kleeman – You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

I opened the refrigerator and saw nothing but a pile of stripped oranges, a pyramid of them, all the pale yellow color of rind. They would be so easy to eat—pre-peeled, unarmored. The little gouges in their rinds matched the diameter of B’s fingernails exactly. But for some reason oranges now filled me with dread.

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August 24, 2015

“The world of Kitchens is all around me.” A conversation with J. Ryan Stradal

One of the things that Eva hated the most about being a kid was how everyone always told her that childhood was the best time of their entire lives, and don’t grow up too fast, and enjoy those carefree days while you can. In those moments, her body felt like the world’s smallest prison, and

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August 10, 2015

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