Bury This

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Soft Skull Press
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5.5 X 8.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Andrea Portes was born in rural Nebraska, and spent her early years living in Illinois, Texas, North Dakota, North Carolina, Rio de Janiero, and Brasilia. Portes attended Bryn Mawr and received her MFA from UC San Diego. She is the author of the semi-autobiographical novel Hick, and has also completed the comic book series, Super Rad, which will be released in September 2013 by Dark Matter Media.


Bury This is a 'can't-put-down' type of novel for a wide range of audiences. It's a tale of an unsolved murder, riddled with unexpected twists and revelations. I highly recommend it, especially as a beach read this summer. -- Sensible Reason

"The violent murder of a young innocent underpins Andrea Portes's second novel [and she] tells this tale of violence in spiraling prose. Her empathy shies away from nothing in the tangled lives of this small Michigan town, with a young girl tied up tight in the center...Bury This doesn't breathe life into Krause to titillate us but to allow us to participate in the mystery -- of her death, yes, but also of her life and of small-town America. Portes takes a tale of personal tragedy and marries it to one of national weight. Throughout, her writing about this dirty, awful thing is so fresh it falls on readers bright and clean as north-country snow." ----New York Times Book Review

"If one could hear novelist Andrea Portes at work typing, I think the keystrokes might sound something like machine-gun fire: rapid, furious bursts of word bullets, aimed directly at the reader's heart and wasting no extra ammunition in getting there... Portes captures the fetid, dark essence of Bury This: some people's seemingly unquenchable, monstrous thirst to destroy beauty. Amazingly though, in writing about it, Portes also creates something wondrous, like the glow of a single jellyfish, floating gloriously amid an endlessly dark ocean." --Dallas Morning News

"Andrea Portes is a natural, and she creates a fever dream with Bury This. Portes writes with such cool grace we almost forget to be astonished by her narrative's complexity. Bury This is exhilarating, a raw, gripping, wintry Gothic, a less patrician--and perhaps more shattering--version of Donna Tartt's The Secret History. Read it and be transfixed." --Matthew Specktor, American Dream Machine

"Witty, gothic, sparse, and poetic at its heart, Bury This is a page turner from the first sentence and a journey into the dark mysteries of the human condition." --Frank Bill, Crimes in Southern Indiana and Donnybrook

"Andrea Portes writes with the tip of a knife, shape-shifting between characters and laying bare their darkest secrets. Bury This is electrifying and elegiac, sensual and suspenseful." --Dylan Landis, Normal People Don't Live Like This

'Bury This is a stunning, unflinching portrait of a girl discarded but not forgotten, a town shattered by suspicion, and the corrosive power of anger, secrets, and shame. Andrea Portes fearlessly explores what lies beneath our fragile surfaces, what we try to bury in order to survive. This is a raw, poetic murder mystery less about who or how than the more haunting and compelling why." --Tara Ison, Rockaway

"Portes's short chapters and staccato narration make for a quick and compulsive read...as a study in human nature, it's a triumph." --Publishers Weekly

Based on a true story, this book delivers suspense but means to be a social study, told in precise, lyrical language. --Library Journal