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her body and other parties stories carmen maria machado a highly anticipated debut by “one of the most ferociously gifted young writers working today” michelle huneven in her body and other parties carmen maria machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction comedy and horror fantasy and fabulism while her work has earned her comparisons to karen russell and kelly link she has a voice that is all her own in this electric and provocative debut machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies fiction graywolf press 10/3/2017 9781555977887 $16.00 $22.99 can trade paperback 248 pages carton qty 0 8.3 in h 5.5 in w brit serpent s tail trans 1st ser audio dram massie mcquilkin a wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck a woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly

bunk the rise of hoaxes humbug plagiarists phonies post-facts and fake news kevin young has the hoax now moved from the sideshow to take the center stage of american culture literary criticism graywolf press 11/14/2017 9781555977917 $28.00 $39.00 can hardcover 480 pages carton qty 0 9 in h 6 in w brit trans 1st ser audio graywolf press dram massie mcquilkin award-winning poet and critic kevin young traces the history of the hoax as a peculiarly american phenomenon—the legacy of p t barnum s humbug culminating with the currency of donald j trump s fake news disturbingly young finds that fakery is woven from stereotype and suspicion with race being the most insidious american hoax of all he chronicles how barnum came to fame by displaying figures like joice heth a black woman whom he pretended was the 161-year-old nursemaid to george washington and what is it an african american man barnum professed was a newly discovered missing link in evolution bunk then turns

don t call us dead poems danez smith danez smith s is a voice we need this is a mighty work and a tremendous offering tracy k smith award-winning poet danez smith is a groundbreaking force celebrated for deft lyrics urgent subjects and performative power don’t call us dead opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police a place where suspicion violence and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety love and longevity they deserved here on earth smith turns then to desire mortality—the dangers experienced in skin body and blood—and a diagnosis of hiv positive “some of us are killed in pieces,” smith writes “some of us all at once.” don’t call us dead is an astonishing collection one that confronts america where every day is too often a funeral and not often enough a miracle poetry graywolf press 9/5/2017 9781555977856 $16.00 $22.99 can trade paperback 96 pages carton qty 0 9

border a journey to the edge of europe kapka kassabova “remarkable a book about borders that makes the reader feel sumptuously free.” —peter pomerantsev in this extraordinary work of narrative reportage kapka kassabova returns to bulgaria from where she emigrated twenty-five years previously to explore the border it shares with turkey and greece when she was a child the border zone was rumored to be an easier crossing point into the west than the berlin wall and it swarmed with soldiers and spies on holidays in the “red riviera” on the black sea she remembers playing on the beach only miles from a bristling electrified fence whose barbs pointed inward toward the enemy the citizens of the totalitarian regime literary collections graywolf press 9/5/2017 9781555977863 $16.00 $22.99 can trade paperback 400 pages carton qty 0 8.3 in h 5.5 in w brit portobello books trans 1st ser audio dram the wylie agency kassabova discovers a place that has been

sometimes i think about it essays stephen elliott an essay collection by a writer who “may be writing under the influence of genius” vanity fair in sometimes i think about it stephen elliott gathers personal essays reportage and profiles written over fifteen years to tell a powerful story about outsiders and underdogs literary collections graywolf press 11/7/2017 9781555977757 $16.00 $22.99 can trade paperback 256 pages carton qty 0 8.3 in h 5.5 in w brit trans 1st ser dram the clegg agency audio graywolf press moving from the self to the civic the book begins with a series of essays that trace elliott’s childhood with an abusive and erratic father his life on the streets as a teenager and his growing interest in cross-dressing and masochism these stories which range from a comic portrait of a week spent hosting his younger brother to a brutal depiction of depression provide a context for the essays that follow stepping out into the world elliott tells

happy baby a novel stephen elliott “heartbreakingly and bewilderingly alive in a way most bigger books can’t even imagine.” —salon on a flight from oakland to chicago theo thinks about two women he left behind maria the girlfriend who shared his troubled youth and ambellina the woman who has been satisfying the masochistic desires that emerged from it his return to chicago and maria spurs the backward movement of this innovative novel that chases him ever deeper into the darkness and violence of his past fiction graywolf press 11/7/2017 9781555977764 $16.00 $22.99 can trade paperback 208 pages carton qty 0 8.3 in h 5.5 in w brit trans dram the clegg agency audio graywolf press as a boy theo was shuffled from juvenile delinquent centers to foster homes picking up odd jobs addictions and ill-fitting relationships along the way scenes of abuse and heartache are revealed chapter by chapter but our discovery of his dignity and humanity continues even when

the complete ballet a fictional essay in five acts john haskell a dark-hued hybrid novel by a writer who “delivers our culture back to us made entirely new” a m homes in the complete ballet john haskell choreographs an intricate and irresistible pas de deux in which fiction and criticism come together to create a new kind of story fueled by the dramatic retelling of five romantic ballets and interwoven with a contemporary story about a man whose daunting gambling debt pushes him to the edge of his own abyss it is both a pulpy entertainment and a meditation on the physicality—and psychology—of dance fiction graywolf press 9/19/2017 9781555977870 $16.00 $22.99 can trade paperback 208 pages carton qty 0 8.3 in h 5.5 in w brit trans audio graywolf press 1st ser dram the wylie agency a public space book the unnamed narrator finds himself inexorably drawn back to the pre–cell phone world of technicolor los angeles to a time when the tragedies of

london and the south-east a novel david szalay never before published in the united states the debut novel by the wildly talented author of man booker prize finalist all that man is “that clattering noise you hear is the sound of critics and readers racing to find [david szalay’s earlier books an activity worth the effort,” wrote dwight garner in his new york times review of szalay’s all that man is and now his debut novel london and the south-east is finally available for american readers as well fiction graywolf press 10/3/2017 9781555977931 $16.00 trade paperback 352 pages carton qty 0 8.3 in h 5.5 in w 1st ser graywolf press brit random house group ltd trans audio dram united agents paul rainey the hapless antihero at the center of this “compulsively readable” independent on sunday story works miserably in ad sales he sells space in magazines that hardly exist and through a fog of booze and drugs dimly perceives that he is

all that man is a novel david szalay now in paperback a man booker prize finalist of “great brilliance and brutal simplicity” the new yorker all that man is traces the arc of life from the spring of youth to the winter of old age by following nine men who range from a working-class ex-grunt to a pompous college student a middle-aged loser to a russian oligarch ludicrous and inarticulate shocking and despicable vital pitiable and hilarious these men paint a picture of modern manhood david szalay is a master of a new kind of realism that vibrates with detail intelligence relevance and devastating pathos in all that man is a man booker prize finalist and the winner of the gordon burn prize and the plimpton prize he brilliantly illuminates the physical and emotional terrain of an increasingly globalized europe fiction graywolf press 10/3/2017 9781555977900 $16.00 trade paperback 368 pages carton qty 0 8.3 in h 5.5 in w brit random house group ltd trans dram united

advice from the lights poems stephen burt stephen is sometimes stephanie and sometimes wonders how his past and her past are their own collective memory poetry graywolf press 10/3/2017 9781555977894 $16.00 $22.99 can trade paperback 96 pages carton qty 0 9 in h 6.5 in w brit trans audio dram graywolf press 1st ser author c/o graywolf press advice from the lights is part nostalgia part confusion and part an ongoing wondering how do any of us achieve adulthood and why would we want to if we had the choice this collection is woven from and interrupted by extraordinary sequences including stephanie poems about stephen’s female self poems on particular years of the poet’s early life each with its own memories desires insecurities and pop songs and versions of poems by the greek poet callimachus whose present-day incarnation worries who doesn’t about mortality the favor of the gods and the career of taylor swift the collection also includes poems on politics

across the china sea a novel gaute heivoll translated from the norwegian by nadia christensen an atmospheric and affecting novel set in rural norway by the award-winning author of before i burn fiction graywolf press 9/5/2017 9781555977849 $16.00 $22.99 can trade paperback 232 pages carton qty 0 8.3 in h 5.5 in w brit 1st ser audio graywolf press trans dram tiden norsk forlag in the waning days of the german occupation of norway karin and her husband move with their young son from oslo to a tiny village in the south there they aim to live out their dream of caring for those who can’t look after themselves they have spent months building a modest house with rooms for patients and it’s soon filled with three adult men who are psychologically unstable—including karin’s uncle josef who suffered a head injury in a carriage accident—and five siblings whose parents have been declared unfit and who are the subjects of much conversation in the

into english poems translations commentaries edited by martha collins and kevin prufer a unique anthology that plunges the reader into a translation seminar rosanna warren poetry graywolf press 11/7/2017 9781555977924 $18.00 $25.00 can trade paperback 256 pages carton qty 0 8.5 in h 11 in w brit trans audio dram graywolf press 1st ser editors c/o graywolf press into english presents poems translations and commentaries in an extraordinary format for readers to experience the artistry of poetry in translation editors martha collins and kevin prufer invited twenty-five contributors all of whom are translators and most of whom are also poets to select one poem in another language and three english translations of it and provide an essay about the challenges of translating it this wide-format anthology offers the original poem side by side with the translations so readers can compare different ways a poem can be rendered into english organized chronologically the anthology