Strawberry Fields


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Fence Books
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5.2 X 0.9 X 7.9 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Hilary Plum is the author of the work of nonfiction Watchfires (Rescue Press, 2016) and the novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (FC2, 2013). Recent prose and criticism have appeared in Full Stop, Bookforum, Poetry Northwest, the Seneca Review, and elsewhere. With Zach Savich she edits Rescue Press's Open Prose Series. She is a professor at Cleveland State University where she also helps run the CSU Poetry Center.


"The writing in this novel is haunting. Plum uses the beauty of her prose to record indelibly the unbearable destruction of beauty we Americans are perpetrating through the history we are living. She has created a style that values what is being lost with the accuracy of inconsolability." --Peter Dimock

"Few American books have as truly global a perspective as Hilary Plum's second novel, which ranges over remarkably disparate territories with exemplary economy of means, and holds together not only aesthetically but also as a vision for our times. As multi-vocal as it is constrained, Strawberry Fields balances the sensual with the cerebral, the human body in the world with the human imagination perceiving it therein. And in so doing it achieves the seemingly impossible virtue of being a political book without a hint of polemic." --Youssef Rakha

"In Strawberry Fields, Hilary Plum's crew of journalists move like restless flies from one battlefield to another, demonstrating the struggle against (and implication with) the logic of late empire: how a contested truth splits into fragments, and cannot be made whole. But Plum knows how to assemble the shards so that we recognize in them the image of our own burning world, where the murder of five American veterans takes its rightful place in an international constellation of violence, recrimination, and environmental degradation. As Plum's investigators burrow into text and memory, her scrupulous prose--full of mingled lyricism and irony--places her in the tradition of Danilo Kis and Roberto BolaΓ±o: writers who, despite the constant risk of despair, commit themselves to beating against the current of an ever-widening river of blood, fighting upstream to find the source." --Sam Allingham