Death Is Not an Option


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.58 X 8.24 X 0.58 inches | 0.42 pounds

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About the Author

Suzanne Rivecca's fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices 2009, among other publications. A winner of the Pushcart Prize and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she lives in San Francisco.


Recalls early Gaitskill in its stark depiction of girls who lost their innocence long before they knew it was theirs to lose.
Ferociously intelligent. . . . Rivecca populates her stories with imperfect, acutely drawn characters, which is a rare pleasure, simply because her approximations are so believable.
I was astonished and transported by the stories in this collection which are simultaneously hilariously funny and sharply, sometimes painfully, perceptive. I stayed up reading them late into the night because I did not want to put them down and I thought about them for a long time after I finished the last one. I think about them still.--Emily Mitchell, author of The Last Summer of the World
The intensity of thought and feeling in Suzanne Rivecca's stories is remarkable.... The stories are brilliant, funny, and scary. This book is a major achievement.--Charles Baxter, author of The Soul Thief and The Feast of Love
Refreshing tales, laced with bitter humor and '90s pop- culture references.
[Rivecca's] talent allows her to impressively flex the muscle of fiction, making us keep our attention where it belongs--on these bracing stories promising a fine career.
These sizzling coming-of-age stories are served on a plate of shattered glass, with a side of lacerating humor. Rivecca's audacious narrators--all ask the question, What am I doing here? The answers in this gutsy, heart- rattling debut collection are deliciously complicated and always unexpected.--Pam Houston