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About the Author
John McManus was raised in Maryville, Tennessee. The author of the collections Born on a Train and Stop Breakin Down, he became the youngest ever recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award in 2000.
"McManus's nerve-wracking prose has great pitch and daring...He's a wildly talented writer." --Joy Williams"McManus writes like he is inventing a new language on pure guts." --Michael Knight "Would I be happy to have written these stories myself? I wish I could have written them." --Madison Smartt Bell "This mysterious, almost phantasmagoric, debut novel is reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's The Orchard Keeper in its precociousness. McManus writes with a wisdom and empathy that belies his youth. Bitter Milk signals the arrival of an important new voice in Southern literature." --Ron Rash, author of One Foot in Eden and Saints at the River