A Manual for How to Love Us: Stories


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$18.99  $17.66
Harper Perennial
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5.8 X 8.4 X 0.9 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Erin Slaughter is the author of two poetry collections: The Sorrow Festival and I Will Tell This Story to the Sun Until You Remember That You Are the Sun. She is editor and co-founder of the literary journal and chapbook press The Hunger, and holds an MFA from Western Kentucky University. Originally from Texas, she lives in Tallahassee, Florida, where she is a PhD candidate at Florida State University.


"Slaughter admirably conveys a heightened awareness of how we harbor within our tamed lives an undeniable wildness."-- -- Library Journal

"[A] gritty debut fiction collection...[readers] will appreciate Slaughter's storytelling chops."-- -- Publishers Weekly

"A Manual for How to Love Us is a collection that reads like a wolf howl, every page alive with longing and hunger and desire and rage. Erin Slaughter writes with tenderness--capturing the sweet intimacies of friendship, of kindness in unexpected places--but also with an unflinching eye for the pain that connects us, shapes us, makes us who we are. This is prose from a poet's heart." -- Allegra Hyde, author of Eleutheria

"This deeply imagined, brilliantly ferocious debut collection sits perfectly among the fiction of Danielle Lazarin and Kelly Link. A Manual for How to Love Us lays bare the power and wildness of grief. It is unequivocally one of the best debut collections I've read in years." -- Peter Kispert, author of I Know You Know Who I Am

"The stories in A Manual for How to Love Us read like a cold ocean swim: salty and refreshing and sincere, each a bracing exploration of the particular blessings and burdens of womanhood in all its ugliness and glory. I couldn't ask for something stranger or more beautiful. Erin Slaughter is a masterful sentence writer in firm command of her craft, and this book is an inspiration and a gift." -- Julia Fine, author of The Upstairs House and What Should Be Wild

"Erin Slaughter's debut collection, A Manual for How to Love Us, is an evocative mix of strange realism and Bachelardian obsession. Slaughter is a gifted stylist who can instill the most mundane objects with profound meaning and depth. In her world, a tongue is never only a tongue, a thorn far more than a thorn, and even a fly-buzzing alone in a bedroom-harbors the impact of a father." -- Isle McElroy, author of The Atmospherians and People Collide

"Stunningly fierce ... Slaughter intentionally blurs the line between real and unreal and ghosts and people, creating a spellbinding tilt across stories and worlds. This dark but whimsical collection is perfect for fans of magical realism and strong female characters." -- Booklist