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18f macm graywolf she would be king a novel by wayetu moore wayétu moore s powerful debut novel she would be king reimagines the dramatic story of liberia s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond gbessa exiled from the west african village of lai is starved bitten by a viper and left for dead but still she survives june dey raised on a plantation in virginia hides his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee norman aragon the child of a white british colonizer and a maroon slave from jamaica could fade from sight at will just as his mother could when the three meet in the settlement of monrovia their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the african american settlers and the indigenous tribes as a new nation forms around them graywolf press on sale sep 11/18 6 x 9 • 312 pages 9781555978174 • $34.00 • cl with dust jacket fiction literary notes promotion moore s

18f macm graywolf scribe a novel by alyson hagy a brutal civil war has ravaged the country and contagious fevers have decimated the population abandoned farmhouses litter the isolated mountain valleys and shady hollows the economy has been reduced to barter and trade graywolf press on sale oct 2/18 5.50 x 8.25 • 176 pages 9781555978181 • $21.00 • pb fiction literary notes in this craggy unwelcoming world the central character of scribe ekes out a lonely living on the family farmstead where she was raised and where her sister met an untimely end she lets a migrant group known as the uninvited set up temporary camps on her land and maintains an uneasy peace with her cagey neighbors and the local enforcer she has learned how to make paper and ink and she has become known for her letter-writing skills which she exchanges for tobacco firewood and other scarce resources an unusual request for a letter from a man with hidden motivations unleashes the ghosts of her troubled

18f macm graywolf children of god a novel by lars petter sveen lars petter sveen s children of god recounts the lives of people on the margins of the new testament thieves roman soldiers prostitutes lepers healers and the occasional disciple all get a chance to speak with language free of judgment or moralizing sveen covers familiar ground in unusual ways in the opening story a group of soldiers are tasked with carrying out king herod s edict to slaughter the young male children in bethlehem but waver in their resolve these interwoven stories harbor surprises at every turn as the characters reappear a group of thieves on the road to jericho encounters no good samaritan but themselves a boy healed of his stutter will later regress a woman searching for her lover from beyond the grave cannot find solace at crucial moments an old blind man appears urging the characters to give in to their darker impulses graywolf press on sale oct 16/18 5.50 x 8.25 • 256 pages 9781555978204 •

18f macm graywolf we begin in gladness how poets progress by craig morgan teicher though it seems at first like an art of speaking poetry is an art of listening the poet trains to hear clearly and as much as possible without interruption the voice of the mind the voice that gathers packs with meaning and unpacks the language the poet knows it can take a long time to learn to let this voice speak without getting in its way this slow learning the growth of this habit of inner attentiveness is poetic development and it is the substance of the poet s art of course this growth is rarely steady never linear and is sometimes not actually growth but diminishment-that s all part of the compelling story of a poet s way forward -from the introduction graywolf press on sale nov 6/18 5.50 x 8.25 • 176 pages 9781555978211 • $21.00 • pb literary criticism poetry notes promotion the staggering thing about a life s work is it takes a lifetime to complete craig morgan teicher

18f macm graywolf human hours poems by catherine barnett catherine barnett s tragicomic third collection human hours shuttles between a whitmanian embrace of others and a kind of rapacious solitude barnett speaks from the middle of hope and confusion carrying philosophy into the everyday watching a son become a young man a father become a restless beloved shell and a country betray its democratic ideals the speakers try to make sense of such departures four lyric essays investigate the essential urge and appeal of questions that are accursed that are limited-and unanswered-by answers what are we to do with the endangered human hours that remain to us across the leaps and swerves of this collection the fevered mind tries to slow-or at least measure-time with quiet bravura by counting a lover s breaths by remembering a father s space-age watch by envisioning the apocalyptic future while bedding down on a hard cold floor head resting on a dictionary human hours pulses with the absurd

18f macm graywolf hey marfa poems by jeffrey yang illustrated by rackstraw downes situated in the outreaches of southwest texas the town of marfa has long been an oasis for artists immigrants looking for work and ranchers while the ghosts of the indigenous and the borders between languages and nations are apparent everywhere the poet and translator jeffrey yang experienced the vastness of desert township sky and time itself as a profound clash of dislocation and familiarity what does it mean to survive in a physical and metaphorical desert how does a habitat long associated with wilderness and death become a center for nourishment and art graywolf press on sale oct 2/18 7 x 9 • 184 pages 9781555978198 • $26.00 • pb poetry american asian american yang has fashioned a fascinating multifaceted work-an anti-travel guide an anti-western a book of last words-that is a lyrical anthropological investigation into history culture and extremity of place paintings and drawings

18f macm graywolf half-hazard poems by kristen tracy half-hazard is a book of near misses would-be tragedies and luck as kristen tracy writes in the title poem dangers here perils there it ll go how it goes the collection follows her wide curiosity from growing up in a small mormon farming community to her exodus into the forbidden world where she finds snakes car accidents adulterers meteors and death-marked mice these wry observant narratives are accompanied by a ringing lyricism and tracy s knack for noticing what s so funny about trouble and her natural impulse to want to put all the broken things back together full of wrong turns false loves quashed beliefs and a menagerie of animals half-hazard introduces a vibrant new voice in american poetry one of resilience faith and joy graywolf press on sale nov 6/18 6 x 9 • 72 pages 9781555978228 • $21.00 • pb poetry american notes what animal grace in these poems of the human stumble and dance on the road to becoming

18f macm graywolf bunk the rise of hoaxes humbug plagiarists phonies post-facts and fake news by kevin young 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 young then turns to the hoaxing of history and the ways that forgers plagiarists and frauds invent backstories and falsehoods to sell us lies about themselves and about the world in our own time from pretend native americans grey owl and nasdijj to the deadly imposture of clark rockefeller from the made-up memoirs of james frey to the identity theft of rachel dolezal disturbingly young finds that fakery is woven from stereotype and suspicion with race being the most insidious american hoax of all brilliant and timely bunk asks what it means to live in a post-factual world of truthiness where everything is up for interpretation and everyone is subject to a contagious

18f macm graywolf notes from no man s land american essays by eula biss acclaimed for its frank and fascinating investigation of racial identity and reissued on its ten-year anniversary notes from no man s land begins with a series of lynchings ends with a list of apologies and in an unsettling new coda revisits a litany of murders that no one seems capable of solving eula biss explores race in america through the experiences chronicled in these essays-teaching in a harlem school on the morning of 9/11 reporting from an african american newspaper in san diego watching the aftermath of hurricane katrina from a college town in iowa and rereading laura ingalls wilder in the rogers park neighborhood of chicago what she reveals is how families schools communities and our country participate in preserving white privilege notes from no man s land is an essential portrait of america that established biss as one of the most distinctive and inventive essayists of our time graywolf press on sale