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6.14 X 9.21 X 0.33 inches | 0.52 pounds

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About the Author

L. Ann Wheeler is a writer, artist, and teacher in Los Angeles. She holds degrees in creative writing from the Pratt Institute and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her poetry and prose has appeared in Omniverse, Bone Bouquet, Entropy, ILK, among others. She's taught elementary school on Coney Island, college writing in Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas, and high school in California. 'Abandoners' is her first book.


"L. Ann Wheeler's powerful debut examines why we leave and what happens to those who stay. This richly layered multi-genre book digs deep into personal and collective histories through archival investigation and imaginative rendering, reanimating their ghostly traces in the light of the present. The collection captures our ruined world with compassion and a collective crying out against loss and exploitation. Its lovingly sutured heart will leave you with the tender fortitude to endure." - Megan Kaminski

"In this haunting book, Lesley Ann Wheeler searches through a century of Coney Island's abandoned, collecting a multimedia archive from the annals of history and her imagination. At the heart of the work is a sort of memorial for the city's tiny ghosts--and an investigation of their pull on her heart. It's hard to look away." - Sarah Manguso

"Poetry, prose, documentary, collage -- this mesmerizing book puzzles together a tormenting mistake, the peril of its discovery, and public accounts of women out of options. It begins, in a way, in the marsh grass at Coney Island, 1922, and ends at the head of a line of 21st century Kansas City schoolchildren whose teacher leads them, walking backwards. What is being passed to the reader feels obliging, covert, transactional, an 'identity in an envelope with / the flap tucked in.' Abandoners is a work of consequence." - Brian Blanchfield