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"Even when interacting with the ones they want to love, the men in these stories cannot be fully honest with others or themselves."
" A masterful collection of timeless essays with contemporary relevance, This One Will Hurt You will, in fact, hurt you in a way that you never expected as it challenges and subsequently alters your perception of what it means to endure when violence is inherent and normalized."
"The beauty in Portrait of a Body in Wreckages does not just exist in the language. It taunts the unnamed 'you' to find grace in vulnerability and perfection in damage."
"While the characters, on the surface, appear most concerned with themselves, they each have moments of kindness toward the others they encounter, revealing that their surface-level mistrust of others is deeply rooted in fear."
"Romeo’s prose is poignant and engaging, her mastery of human emotions peerless, not oversimplified or trite."
"Narrated in free verse with accompanying illustrations drawn by the author, By the Forces of Gravity, is a captivating coming-of-age memoir that draws its energy from the intensity of the love between 'soul friends' Becky and Luna, against the backdrop of an unrestrained and confusion-filled counter-culture social climate."
"Davio’s essays will compel any reader to reflect on his relationship to his body — whether abled or disabled — and how we’re all seeking a world that will have us as we are."
"Contained within a beautifully handmade and ribbon-bound chapbook, No Man’s Wild Laura is a collection of four stories that capture the complex lives of Southern women, each seeking love and validation despite despondency and heartache."
"Laura Trunkey’s debut story collection, Double Dutch, plows through the historical and familiar perspectives in narrative to illuminate and give space to the voices often ignored or unheard."
"There is a vast range in voice and tone, form and language, along with the endless wonder of what might have been if people and circumstances had been different."
"Circadian is a ruthless exploration into the landscapes of trauma and how we bear the dissension of loss, grief, assault, and mental illness on our bodies."
"These fifteen interconnected essays build a memoir whose beauty mimics the natural grit of the Appalachian South and prose that is poignant, engaging, and — at times — heartbreaking."
"The variation in structure pulls the reader into each piece through fascination and wonder; the only expectation is to anticipate the unexpected."
"This isn’t a book that just describes pain or just seeks out the best treatment or just provides commentary about the bureaucratic health care system or just questions why women’s pain is overlooked or downplayed by physicians. This book does all of those things and more."
"This carefully paced memoir poses questions of belonging and seeks a sense of identity through family history, biology, and heritage, all positioned in such a way that the prose is both clear and emotionally valiant."
"Like all of us, Ortiz’s dream persona questions and doubts decisions and is full of wonderment at what desire and the self will be in the future."
"Written in lyrical prose that brings vivid beauty to the ugliest of situations, A Sky the Color of Chaos closely and flagrantly examines the complexities of the human condition, the thorny and dark side of love, and the power of forgiveness and redemption."
"The narrative begins in the fall and ends in the spring, the darkness and chill of the winter months providing a context for the growing tensions as well as the gloom that seems to be a consistent component of everyone’s past."
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