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    • The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish (Ebook) QUICK VIEW The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish (Ebook) a novel by
      Katya Apekina

      "It's a stunningly accomplished book, and Apekina isn't afraid to grab her readers by the hand and take them to some very dark and very beautiful places."
      —NPR

      Moving through a selection of first-person accounts and written with a sinister sense of humor, The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish powerfully captures the quiet torment of two sisters craving the attention of a parent they can’t, and shouldn’t, have to themselves.

      The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Katya Apekina


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      *One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Fall
      —Vulture, Harper's BAZAAR, BuzzFeed News, Publishers Weekly, The Millions, Bustle, Fast Company

      It’s 16-year-old Edie who finds their mother Marianne dangling in the living room from an old jump rope, puddle of urine on the floor, barely alive. Upstairs, 14-year-old Mae had fallen into one of her trances, often a result of feeling too closely attuned to her mother’s dark moods. After Marianne is unwillingly admitted to a mental hospital, Edie and Mae are forced to move from their childhood home in Louisiana to New York to live with their estranged father, Dennis, a former civil rights activist and literary figure on the other side of success.

      The girls, grieving and homesick, are at first wary of their father’s affection, but soon Mae and Edie’s close relationship begins to fall apart—Edie remains fiercely loyal to Marianne, convinced that Dennis is responsible for her mother’s downfall, while Mae, suffocated by her striking resemblances to her mother, feels pulled toward their father. The girls move in increasingly opposing and destructive directions as they struggle to cope with outsized pain, and as the history of Dennis and Marianne’s romantic past clicks into focus, the family fractures further.

      Moving through a selection of first-person accounts and written with a sinister sense of humor, The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish powerfully captures the quiet torment of two sisters craving the attention of a parent they can’t, and shouldn’t, have to themselves. In this captivating debut, Katya Apekina disquietingly crooks the lines between fact and fantasy, between escape and freedom, and between love and obsession.

    • The Blurry Years (Ebook) QUICK VIEW The Blurry Years (Ebook) a novel by
      Eleanor Kriseman

      "Lush, erotic, tragic, and victorious—honest, totally fresh, and lyrical as hell. Consider me her biggest fan."
      —Sarah Gerard

      A powerful and unorthodox coming-of-age story from an assured new literary voice, featuring a stirringly twisted mother-daughter relationship, set against the sleazy, vividly-drawn backdrop of late-seventies and early-eighties Florida.

      The Blurry Years (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Eleanor Kriseman


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      The Blurry Years is a powerful and unorthodox coming-of-age story from an assured new literary voice, featuring a stirringly twisted mother-daughter relationship, set against the sleazy, vividly-drawn backdrop of late-seventies and early-eighties Florida.
      Callie—who ages from six to eighteen over the course of the book—leads a scattered childhood, moving from cars to strangers’ houses to the sand-dusted apartments of the tourist towns that litter the Florida coastline.
      Callie’s is a story about what it’s like to grow up too fast and absorb too much, to watch adults behaving badly; what it’s like to be simultaneously in thrall to and terrified of the mother who is the only family you've ever known, who moves you from town to town to leave her own mistakes behind.
      With precision and poetry, Kriseman's moving tale of a young girl struggling to find her way in the world is potent, and, ultimately, triumphant.

    • The Underneath (Ebook) QUICK VIEW The Underneath (Ebook) a novel by
      Melanie Finn

      "Finn is a remarkably confident and supple storyteller."
      New York Times

      With the assurance and grace of her acclaimed novel The Gloaming—which earned her comparisons to Patricia Highsmith—Melanie Finn returns with a precisely layered and tense new literary thriller that travels from the Northeast Kingdom to remote Africa.

      The Underneath (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Melanie Finn


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      With the assurance and grace of her acclaimed novel The Gloaming—which earned her comparisons to Patricia Highsmith—Melanie Finn returns with a precisely layered and tense new literary thriller.

      The Underneath follows Kay Ward, a former journalist struggling with the constraints of motherhood. Along with her husband and two children, she rents a quaint Vermont farmhouse for the summer. The idea is to disconnect from their work-based lifestyle—that had her doggedly pursuing a genocidal leader of child soldiers known as General Christmas, even through Kay's pregnancy and the birth of their second child—in an effort to repair their shaky marriage.

      It isn't long before Kay's husband is called away and she discovers a mysterious crawlspace in the rental with unsettling writing etched into the wall. Alongside some of the house's other curiosities and local sleuthing, Kay is led to believe that something terrible may have happened to the home's owners.

      Kay's investigation leads her to a local logger, Ben Comeau, a man beset with his own complicated and violent past. A product of the foster system and life-long resident of the Northeast Kingdom, Ben struggles to overcome his situation, and to help an abused child whose addict mother is too incapacitated to care about the boy's plight.

      The Underneath is an intelligent and considerate exploration of violence—both personal and social—and whether violence may ever be justified.

    • They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us (Ebook) QUICK VIEW They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us (Ebook) a collection of essays by
      Hanif Abdurraqib

      "Funny, painful, precise, desperate, and loving throughout. Not a day has sounded the same since I read him."
      —Greil Marcus, Village Voice

      In this collection of essays, Hanif Abdurraqib, acclaimed poet and cultural critic, grapples with a storm cloud of confounding emotions with prose that is immediate, personal, poetic, sometimes funny and always deeply touching.

      They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us (Ebook)

      a collection of essays by
      Hanif Abdurraqib


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    • The Vine That Ate the South (Ebook) QUICK VIEW The Vine That Ate the South (Ebook) a novel by
      J.D. Wilkes

      "It's a relentlessly fun novel, the literary equivalent of a country-punk album that grabs you and refuses to let go... undeniably one of the smartest, most original Southern Gothic novels to come along in years."
      —NPR

      The Vine That Ate the South announces J.D. Wilkes as an accomplished storyteller on a surreal, Homeric voyage that strikes at the very heart of American mythology.

      The Vine That Ate the South (Ebook)

      a novel by
      J.D. Wilkes


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    • Haints Stay (Ebook) QUICK VIEW Haints Stay (Ebook) a novel by
      Colin Winnette

      "A success... Haints Stay turns the Western on its ear." —Washington Post
      An imaginative, acid western from a rising star in the indie lit world.

      Haints Stay (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Colin Winnette


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    • Binary Star (Ebook) QUICK VIEW Binary Star (Ebook) a novel by
      Sarah Gerard

      "Rhythmic, hallucinatory, yet vivid as crystal."
      —NPR

      An intense, elegiac portrait of young lovers as they battle personal afflictions.

      Binary Star (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Sarah Gerard


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      *Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist.
      *Best Books of 2015
      —NPR,Vanity Fair
      *Best Fiction of 2015
      —BuzzFeed
      *Best Independent Press Books 2015
      —Flavorwire
      *Favorite Novels 2015
      —Largehearted Boy

      The language of the stars is the language of the body. Like a star, the anorexic burns fuel that isn't replenished; she is held together by her own gravity.
      With luminous, lyrical prose, Binary Star is an impassioned account of a young woman struggling with anorexia and her long-distance, alcoholic boyfriend. On a road-trip circumnavigating the United States, they stumble into a book on veganarchism, and believe they've found a direction.
      Binary Star is an intense, fast-moving saga of two young lovers and the culture that keeps them sick (or at least inundated with quick-fix solutions); a society that sells diet pills, sleeping pills, magazines that profile celebrities who lose weight or too much weight or put on weight, and books that pimp diet secrets or recipes for success.

    • Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky (Ebook) QUICK VIEW Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky (Ebook) a novel by
      David Connerley Nahm

      "It's impossible to stop reading until you've gone through each beautiful line." —NPR
      A mysterious, lyric exploration of childhood, loss, and ghost stories.

      Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky (Ebook)

      a novel by
      David Connerley Nahm


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      (ALL AUTHOR PROCEEDS, MATCHED BY TWO DOLLAR RADIO, WILL BE DONATED TO IRC).
      *One of the Best Books of 2014  —NPR, Flavorwire
      *A Top-10 Independently-Published Title Overlooked by the National Book Foundation  —Electric Literature

      Leah’s little brother, Jacob, disappeared when the pair were younger, a tragedy that haunts her still. When a grown man arrives at the non-profit Leah directs claiming to be Jacob, she is wrenched back to her childhood, an iridescent tableau of family joy and strife, swimming at the lake, sneaking candy, late-night fears and the stories told to quell them.

      Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky is a wrecking-ball of a novel that attempts to give meaning and poetry to everything that comprises small-town life in central Kentucky. Listen: they are the ghost stories that children tell one another, the litter that skirts the gulley, the lines at department stores. A gorgeous, haunting, prismatic jewel of a book.

    • Crystal Eaters (Ebook) QUICK VIEW Crystal Eaters (Ebook) a novel by
      Shane Jones

      "Reminds us that life itself is a luminous thing."
      HTML Giant

      An ambitious family saga, love story, and watershed in the career of this acclaimed fabulist.

      Crystal Eaters (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Shane Jones


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    • The Orange Eats Creeps (Ebook) QUICK VIEW The Orange Eats Creeps (Ebook) a novel by
      Grace Krilanovich

      '5 Under 35' Award
      "Krilanovich's work will make you believe that new ways of storytelling are still emerging from the margins." —NPR

      The Orange Eats Creeps (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Grace Krilanovich


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      Mary Harron, director of American Psycho, announces plans to adapt The Orange Eat Creeps to film!

      *National Book Foundation '5 Under 35' Award
      *NPR Best Books of 2010
      *The Believer Book Award Finalist
      *Indie Bookseller's Choice Awards Finalist

      A girl with drug-induced ESP and an eerie connection to Patty Reed (a young member of the Donner Party who credited her survival to her relationship with a hidden wooden doll), searches for her disappeared foster sister along “The Highway That Eats People,” stalked by a conflation of Twin Peaks’ “Bob” and the Green River Killer, known as Dactyl.

    • Not Dark Yet (Ebook) QUICK VIEW Not Dark Yet (Ebook) a novel by
      Berit Ellingsen

      "[Ellingsen] is just starting what promises to be a major career, but already giving readers a unique and fascinating perspective."
      —Jeff VanderMeer

      A rich character-driven drama, addressing questions of personal morals and societal ethics, set on the cusp of a self-inflicted apocalypse.

      Not Dark Yet (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Berit Ellingsen


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      *Favorite books of 2015 —Electric Literature

      "Fascinating, surreal, gorgeously written, and like nothing you’ve ever read before, Not Dark Yet is the book we all need to read right now. It is art about science, climate change, and activism, and it vitally explores how we as people deal with a world that is transforming in terrifying ways."
      BuzzFeed

      Brandon leaves his boyfriend in the city for a quiet life in the mountains after an affair with a professor ends with Brandon being forced to kill a research animal. It is a violent, unfortunate episode that conjures memories from his military background.

      In the mountains, his new neighbors are using the increased temperatures to stage an ambitious agricultural project in an effort to combat globally heightened food prices and shortages. Brandon gets swept along with their optimism, while simultaneously applying to a new astronaut training program. However, he learns that these changes—internal, external—are irreversible.

      A sublime love story coupled with the universal struggle for personal understanding, Not Dark Yet is an informed novel of consequences with an ever-tightening emotional grip on the reader.

    • Crapalachia (Ebook) QUICK VIEW Crapalachia (Ebook) a memoir by
      Scott McClanahan

      "[McClanahan] aims to
      lasso the moon."
      New York Times Book Review

      An endearing and haunting coming-of-age story that announces McClanahan as a resounding talent.

      Crapalachia (Ebook)

      a memoir by
      Scott McClanahan


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    • Sirens (Ebook) QUICK VIEW Sirens (Ebook) a memoir by
      Joshua Mohr

      "Raw-edged and whippet-thin... Mohr’s prose is lean and scrappy—a featherweight boxer that packs a punch."
      Los Angeles Times

      With the vulnerability and grit for which he's praised, Mohr returns with a harrowing chronicle of substance abuse and relapse.

      Sirens (Ebook)

      a memoir by
      Joshua Mohr


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      *Best of 2017 —San Francisco Chronicle

      "Raw-edged and whippet-thin, Sirens swings from tales of bawdy addiction to charged moments of a father struggling to stay clean. Mohr’s prose is lean and scrappy—a featherweight boxer that packs a punch.”
      Los Angeles Times

      With vulnerability, grit, and hard-won humor, acclaimed novelist Joshua Mohr returns with his first book-length work of non-fiction, a raw and big-hearted chronicle of substance abuse, relapse, and family compassion.

      Sirens provides a harrowing and complicated account of Mohr's years of substance abuse and culpability. Employing the characterization and chimerical prose for which he has been lauded, Mohr leaves no rock from his sordid past un-turned, from his childhood swilling fuzzy navels as a latch-key kid, through the black-outs and fist-fights, his first failed marriage to his path to sobriety, through the birth of his daughter and the three strokes he suffers in his thirties that reveal he has a literal hole in his heart.

      Sirens is a spectacularly moving tome of honesty and emotion from one of our most gifted contemporary writers.

    • Mira Corpora (Ebook) QUICK VIEW Mira Corpora (Ebook) a novel by
      Jeff Jackson

      L.A. Times Book Prize Finalist.
      "A piercing howl of a book."
      Slate

      A story of redemption in the face of nightmarish odds.

      Mira Corpora (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Jeff Jackson


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    • I'm Trying to Reach You (Ebook) QUICK VIEW I'm Trying to Reach You (Ebook) a novel by
      Barbara Browning

      The Believer Book Award Finalist.
      A BuzzFeed Best Book of 2012.

      First Michael Jackson, then Pina Bausch. Is someone killing famous dancers? A witty and seductive mystery.

      I'm Trying to Reach You (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Barbara Browning


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      *The Believer Book Award Finalist
      *One of the Best Books of 2012
      BuzzFeed

      “I was in Zagreb the day that Michael Jackson died. When I heard the news, the first thing I thought was, That’s it. That’s the first line of my novel. ‘I was in Zagreb the day that Michael Jackson died.’” 

      First Michael Jackson, then Pina Bausch. Next is Merce Cunningham. 

      Gray Adams, a former dancer with the Royal Swiss Ballet at work on his dissertation at NYU, has a theory spurred by countless hours of YouTube-based procrastination: Someone is killing these famous dancers! (And he may bear an uncanny resemblance to Jimmy Stewart, circa Vertigo.) 

      I’m Trying to Reach You is a moving and candid contemporary look at how we process grief, as well as how we love and communicate with one another.