The Annie Year


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$16.00  $14.72
Unnamed Press
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5.5 X 0.8 X 8.4 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Stephanie Wilbur Ash is a former editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. She lives in Minneapolis and Mankato, MN, and is originally from rural Iowa. This is her first novel.


"Stephanie Wilbur Ash's new novel The Annie Year is a fierce hymn to small Midwestern towns, and the women who live there." --Euan Kerr, Minnesota Public Radio

"This is a keeper, a fresh and quirky 'Main Street' for the Midwest... Stephanie Ash writes with a wry smile and an obvious adoration of Iowa small-town life. Its faux-preachy tone keeps us -- snooty types from the big cities along the river -- at arm's length while Ash's character embraces her imperfect corner of the world. It's a bold first novel by Ash." --The Star Tribune

"Ash's debut novel brilliantly captures the slanted quirkiness of a Midwest full of small-business owners and exploding home-methamphetamine labs... Darkly hilarious and weirdly beguiling." --Kirkus Reviews

"A lonely accountant waffles between pessimism and hope in this quirky debut... Tandy's voice is intriguingly and deceptively complex, leading readers to glimpse the longing beneath her professional veneer." --Publishers Weekly

"Stephanie Ash's The Annie Year is an incredible debut-- hilarious and insightful and energetic. Ash sassily mines the dark humor of Midwestern life with utter confidence and creates buoyant and indelible characters who will stick in your heart and mind forever and ever." --John Jodzio, Author of Knockout

"The people in this town will try to tell you that... So The Annie Year begins with its small-town Greek chorus. Meanwhile, Tandy Caide, sardonic CPA and pathological people-pleaser, enters the year of her reckoning, the year she starts making her own moral ledger. Like the mythological Annie-- you know, the one who sings 'It's a Hard Knock Life' but also 'Tomorrow'-- Tandy has spunky charm and believable innocence. I read this mordantly funny book in one sitting, it's a fine novel with a main character you'll miss once you've finished." --Debra Monroe, author of My Unsentimental Education

"Stephanie Ash's completely original comic novel is a caustic, gimlet-eyed, cry from the heart for small town America and a very funny look at big desires in a small place." --Mark Haskell Smith, author of Raw: A Love Story