Perpetual West

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Algonquin Books
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About the Author

Mesha Maren is the author of Sugar Run. Her work has appeared in the Oxford American, the Guardian, Tin House, the Southern Review, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, an Elizabeth George Foundation grant and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation. She is an assistant professor at Duke University and also serves as a NEA Writing Fellow at the federal prison camp in Alderson, West Virginia.


"Perpetual West is an ambitious novel rendered in striking, sensual prose. Maren creates a vivid, precise, and complex sense of place; she shows us how cultural and physical geography shape who we are, what we do, and how the world understands us."
--Dana Spiotta, author of Wayward

"With its corrupt world of maquiladoras and drug cartels, Mesha Maren's Juárez may seem familiar, but the truly dangerous borders her characters have to cross are within themselves. Perpetual West recalls no other novel so much as The Sheltering Sky, as its innocents cast aside their masks and surrender to more elemental truths."
--Stewart O'Nan, author of A Prayer for Dying

"A complex novel full of suspense in the tradition of Under the Volcano. Maren takes our modern mythos of the border and weaves a story that is entirely her own."
--Fernando A. Flores, author of Tears of the Trufflepig