Where You Live
The California of Where You Live might have sun, surf, and sand, but it's more densely populated with cracking marriages, accidental pregnancies, and shitty jobs. Andrew Roe's Californians face sharp points of change: Stay or go? Love or leave? Run or get stuck? Their choices, like our own, reveal life's stark limitations and its wide-open vistas all at once.
Full of lush prose and unforgettable imagery, the stories in Where You Live shine an unforgiving yet shimmering light on longing, loss, and the everyday catastrophes of life.
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About the Author
Where You Live explores, with rare nuance, the ways we disappoint one another and ourselves. Amidst rent-hikes, ambivalent pregnancies, dead-end jobs, middle-aged sex, impulsive kidnappings, and the frailties of blood, Roe s ordinary characters fumble through intimacy and emptiness with an extraordinary beauty that transcends their compromised lives.
Gina Frangello, author of Every Kind of Wanting
Praise for Andrew Roe's The Miracle Girl
Finalist, LA Times Book Prize
[An] assured debut . . . Overfamiliarity has diluted the significance of the word miracle used to describe diets, cures, even sandwich spreadbut Roe suggests that the miraculous is a perpetual human craving. The Miracle Girl is a hopeful meditation on the mysteries of faith.
The New York Times Book Review
[A] winning debut . . . Roe s story feels just right for our desperate and despairing time, when a miracleany miraclewill do . . . Lively, pitch-perfect and assured. Readers will be wanting to hear more from this writer.
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Roe s exploration of the need for belief makes for a strong debut.
While the novel features a cast of lovable losers and fortune s fools right out of a Nathanael West novel, Roe s takes on hope, faith, and our willingness to believe makes The Miracle Girl a memorable debut.
"Carver-esque...Roe writes assuredly, without condescension or sentimentality." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Where You Live explores, with rare nuance, the ways we disappoint one another and ourselves. Amidst rent-hikes, ambivalent pregnancies, dead-end jobs, middle-aged sex, impulsive kidnappings, and the frailties of blood, Roe's ordinary characters fumble through intimacy and emptiness with an extraordinary beauty that transcends their compromised lives."--Gina Frangello, author of Every Kind of Wanting "Here's a word I don't throw around: Wise. Roe's stories are wise, both emotionally and cerebrally. And he uses this wisdom to spin readable, funny, touching yarns."--Joshua Mohr, author of Sirens "Andrew Roe's complex working-class characters and settings are a welcome blast of truth."--J. Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest