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Coming August 6th to Little Fiction: stories by Eliza Robertson and David Connerley Nahm

August is shaping up to be a big month for Eliza and David, with debut titles coming from both of them: Eliza with her short story collection Wallflowers (Penguin / Bloomsbury), and David with his novel Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky (Two Dollar Radio). For more on both titles, check out our LF authors book preview.

In addition to their stories, we’ll help them mark the occasion(s) with interviews and more. Stay tuned.

Little Fiction Authors 2014-15 Book Preview

In the spirit of the recent Most Ancitipated: Great Second-Half 2014 Book Preview  from the Millions, we thought we’d do one ourselves for Little Fiction | Big Truths authors who have books forthcoming this year and next. We’re also including a couple of recently released books from LF authors in case you missed them. Here goes…

2014

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Nothing Looks Familiar by Shawn Syms 

Arsenal Pulp Press, October 2014

If you don’t know it yet, Shawn Syms is one hell of a writer. And editor. And book reviewer. Basically, any time he puts pen to paper it turns into something you won’t want to put down.

And his debut collection, Nothing Looks Familiar, is no exception. Just ask Steven Heighton, author of The Dead Are More Visible, who calls it “uncompromising — kinetic, gripping, affecting, and terrifyingly true to life.”

Many of the stories in Nothing Looks Familiar focus on characters marginalized by society, from bullied kids to meth-smoking mothers—each one stepping out from places of danger and unhappiness and into the great unknown, but determined to come out on the other side changed. Who better than Shawn Syms to guide them—and us—through?

Pre-order Nothing Looks Familiar here.

Read: 

The Exchange

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Wallflowers by Eliza Robertson

Penguin Canada, August 2014 / Bloomsbury USA, September 2014

What can we say about Eliza Robertson that hasn’t been said already (and even at the Millions)? She won the Commonwealth Prize for her story “We Walked On Water” and seems to be a finalist for every short story award this side of the moon. And here’s why: her stories are brilliant. They’re original and daring.

From her publisher: Eliza Robertson has created a cast of unique and wholly engaging characters… swindlers and innocents, unlikely heroes and gritty survivors; they teach us how to trap hummingbirds, relinquish dreams gracefully, and feed raccoons without getting bitten. Robertson smashes stereotypes even as she shows us remarkable new ways of experiencing the world—and of relating to our fellow human beings.

You can pre-order Wallflowers here or here and read an excerpt from it here. And you probably should do both.

Read: Sea Life

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Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky by David Connerley Nahm

Two Dollar Radio, August 2014

"David Connerley Nahm’s Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky knows that all true stories are ghost stories, full of horror and want, distance and loss—the lasting specters of the tales we tell ourselves to mask the long truths that refuse to let us go.” — Matt Bell, author of In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods

The debut novel from David Connerley Nahm has been getting high praise from everyone who’s had the opportunity to turn its pages. To sink into its exquisitely fragmented narrative. To be drawn into the world of Leah Shepherd, a woman who has spent much of her quiet life being haunted by the disappearance of her younger brother Jacob. In a novel that’s been called haunting and unforgettable, David Connerley Nahm writes with bravery and compassion at every turn.

You can pre-order Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky now, and read a story of David’s here.

Read:
A Mountain Where There Is No Mountain

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The Pull of the Moon by Julie Paul

Brindle & Glass, September 2014

In the stories that make up The Pull of the Moon, Julie Paul introduces us to a cast of characters we’ll easily recognize and won’t soon forget.

Written with a keen sense of human nature and animal instinct, the collection’s twelve uniquely original and compelling stories draw us into inhospitable worlds populated with people who want nothing more than what we all want: connection, belonging, love, and forgiveness.

Pre-order The Pull of the Moon here.

Read: Damage

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Eight Mile High by Jim Ray Daniels

MSU Press, July 2014

In these fourteen linked stories about Detroit and its true-to-life inhabitants, Daniels connects characters by specific places and gives us an honest, often entertaining, and occasionally heartbreaking inside look at this working-class community. It’s a world that defines the stories’ characters and never leaves them—even those who leave town.

These stories seem to suggest that we are always coming of age, becoming, trying to figure out what it means to be an adult in this world, attempting to figure out a way to forgive ourselves for not measuring up to our own expectations.

Click here to buy Eight Mile High and here to see Jim read the book’s opening story.

Read: My Republican Love Affair

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Please Do Not Remove edited by Angela Palm

Wind Ridge Books, September 2014

Featuring twenty works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry inspired by old library checkout cards, Please Do Not Remove is a long overdue (see what we did there?) anthology that celebrates a rich literary culture and an enduring love of libraries. The collection was created, curated and edited by tireless literary citizen extraordinaire, and author, and editor, Angela Palm.

The collection has a piece from Big Truths contributor, Jessica Hendry Nelson (author of the critically-acclaimed essay collection If Only You People Could Follow Directions2014, Counterpoint Press), and fittingly, from Angela as well.

Read: The Devolution of Cake

2015

WASTE by Andrew F. Sullivan 

Dzanc Books, 2015

According to AndrewWASTE (forthcoming from Dzanc Books in 2015) is a novel about skinheads, butchers and an escaped zoo lion. And if you know Andrew’s writing that sounds about right for what you’d expect to see in his debut novel. Oh, and it also includes an absolutely unforgettable chapter about a lonely misguided woman, a group of skinheads, Oprah, Liberace, and a wheelbarrow of fat. Yep.

To hold you over until the novel’s 2015 release, you can check out Andrew’s short story collection All We Want Is Everything (ARP books) and read some of his LF stories:

Bright Outside

SATIN LIVES!

A bird in the hand is worthless

Debris by Kevin Hardcastle 

Biblioasis, 2015

2014 has quietly been the Year of the Hardcastle—surprising for a writer whose work is anything but quiet. Often gritty and vivid, and always expertly crafted, Kevin’s stories have been featured in The New Quarterly, EVENT magazine, Prism International, and the Fiddlehead. And that’s just the first half of this year. He still has stories coming soon with Shenandoah, Joyland and The New Quarterly.

We like to think his run started last summer here at LF (and at The Puritan, too), but really it doesn’t matter where it started. It only matters where it’s leading. Look for his debut collection, tentatively called Debris, in 2015 from Biblioasis.

Read: We Gotta Save The Leg

What You Need by Andrew Forbes 

Invisible Publishing, 2015 

Andrew Forbes writes with precision and power. His stories often take an intimate and unique look at relationships, families, and friendships. And usually at moments when things seem as though they’re ready to come apart. And that’s when Andrew is at his best—when he’s navigating characters (and us) through their troubles, desires, mistakes and loyalties.

His highly anticipated debut collection, What You Need, hits the world in mid-2015. Until then, you can read his short stories at Found Press and the Puritan (among others). And you can read the collection’s title story here at Little Fiction.

Read: What You Need

Recently released:

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Every Kiss A War by Leesa Cross-Smith

Mojave River Press

Leesa Cross-Smith writes about light and love, and awesome mudflap cowgirl belt buckles, and the breathless southern air between men and women. With Every Kiss A War, Leesa’s debut collection of twenty-seven stories, everyone who reads it can’t help but fall in love with the complex characters, the vibrant voices, and most of all, Leesa herself.

You can buy Every Kiss A War here, check out the book’s awesome trailer here, and listen to Leesa get chatty on the Other Pppl podcast here.

Read:

Making Cowboys

In this room where we practice dying every night

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7 Ways to Sunday by Lee Kvern

Enfield & Wizenty

In Lee Kvern’s latest collection, the critically acclaimed 7 Ways to Sunday, she gives us a dozen plus stories that center on humanity in all its flawed glory.

Packed with visceral stories that push and pull with raw emotion and incredible wit, 7 Ways to Sunday presents Lee Kvern at her absolute best.

“…7 Ways to Sunday is a work of remarkable compassion and grace.” – Alberta Views Magazine

“Lee Kvern is one of those generous writers who leaves her heart and intelligence on every page. And what a big heart it is. What a marvellously vibrant, wholly original intelligence.” – Barbara Gowdy, author of We So Seldom Look On Love and The Romantic

Buy 7 Ways to Sunday here.

Read: Tourists Girls

Happy reading, everyone.

Coming up at Big Truths: essays from Lisa Mrock and Camille Griep.

We’re super excited to bring you these brave, relatable and entertaining personal stories. And we think you’ll love them as much as we do.

The titles go live on Wednesday, July 2. See you then.

They say the first year after diagnosis is the most critical; one bad week, one wrong pill, and it can throw everything seriously out of whack. I switch medications and dosages of my antidepressant so much over one year that my doctor labels my depression ‘extremely drug resistant’. During this process you start to feel less like a person, and much more like a high school chemistry project.
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So I keep flapping and dismiss thoughts of strength or weakness, lift or drag, quick or slow, heavy or light, bread and whatever the lack of bread is called. I keep flying until I can only glide, and down and down I go into total darkness. I’m supposed to do something now.
- Mental Note, by Kevin Lee.