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Ecco Press
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5.6 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.83 pounds
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About the Author

Claire Oshetsky is the author of Chouette, which was a PEN Faulkner Nominee, the winner of the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and a finalist for the Northern California Book Award and the Barbellion Prize. They live in Santa Cruz with their family.


"Oshetsky's writing is virtuosic, laced with dry humor, and perfectly matched to the parable she unfolds.... A fever dream of a novel that will enchant fans of contemporary fabulism."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A Dantean journey through the violent fever dreams of a woman in the trials of pregnancy and early motherhood.... No reader who has cared for a tiny human being will fail to recognize the battleground this talented author has conjured."--Publishers Weekly
"Written in perfectly balanced prose, Chouette does what the very best fantastical work does: it renders a vividly absurd picture which, as we look closer, depicts our reality more sharply than any realism could do. Exuberant, maddened, and sly, this book gives more straight-talk about the vagaries of motherhood than a dozen how-to manuals."--Brian Evenson, author of Song For the Unraveling of the World
"Chouette is deeply felt, linguistically gorgeous, and wonderfully disorienting up to its final breathless pages--a stunning meditation on motherhood and identity truly unlike anything I've ever read before." --Claire Lombardo, author of The Most Fun We Ever Had
"Searing and ethereal.... [Chouette focuses] squarely on Tiny's fierce love as she battles her husband and nature to allow Chouette to be wild and exact, stakes that feel frightening and true to life.... A harrowing and magnificent fable."--New York Times Book Review
"Oshetsky's book is surrealism at its best.... "Chouette," which abounds with humor and lush imagery, forces parents to consider their relationship with their children.... The book has deep and universal resonance."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Weirdly funny and bold, this novel will make you look at maternal sacrifice in a new way."--Real Simple
"By turns poetic, gory, heartbreaking and strange.... An engrossing, surreal portrayal of motherhood."--NPR
"Claire Oshetsky's novel is a marvel: its language a joy, its imagination dizzying. Every time I thought I had cracked Chouette's central metaphor--aha, it's about motherhood! No, marriage! No, music!--the book flew out my grasp like a wary bird. It's a truly exhilarating read."--Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind
"Viscous, tender, baffling, and glorious, Chouette is an unforgettable fairy tale that glitters darkly with Oshetsky's raw and soaring brilliance. Part love letter, part lament, Chouette astonishes as each perfected sentence burrows deep into the maternal shadows of love, possession, selfhood, and sanity. A bone-deep, breathtaking wonder." --Rachel Yoder, author of Nightbitch