Hap and Hazard and the End of the World

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Bellevue Literary Press
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5.0 X 0.8 X 7.4 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

A fifth-generation Texan, Diane DeSanders is a history buff, theater lover, poet, mother, and grandmother. Between careers as a history teacher and antiques dealer, she has worked in regional theater in almost every capacity. She now writes, gardens, and sings in Brooklyn, New York. Hap and Hazard and the End of the World is her first novel.


Crook's Corner Book Prize Longlist
Texas Institute of Letters Sergio Troncoso Award for Best Work of First Fiction Finalist
Lone Star Literary Life "Top Twenty Texas Book of the Year" selection

"Gorgeously written, fiercely observed. . . . A debut that's clearly the work of a master writer." --Big Other

"[DeSanders'] Texan bona fides are on ample display in this charming yet heart-wrenching debut about a single tumultuous, pivotal year in the life of a young girl. . . . This is not a romanticized version of childhood, though the conclusion is pitch-perfect. This is a girl discovering cause and effect, exploring boundaries, feeling for the shape of her life." --Lone Star Literary Life

"[A] captivating debut novel. . . . Drawing on her own family letters, diaries, and oral histories, newcomer DeSanders captures the voice and thoughts of a young girl observing her frayed family while questioning the mysterious larger world. A brave and honest work that won't disappoint." --Library Journal

"A time capsule of American awakening." --Kirkus Reviews

"Replete with all of the joys and sorrows that are part of growing up." --Booklist

"Smart and subtle. . . . [A] moving example of a family trying to make life work." --Publishers Weekly

"DeSanders achieves a heartbreaking, lyrical, and laser-focused evocation of a child's perception of the mysteries of the adult world; the perfectly rendered setting is 1940s Dallas, just when its harsh rural beauties were becoming sanitized into suburban conformity." --Historical Novels Review

"A weighty book full of conversations that are still topical." --IndiePicks Magazine

"Perfectly captures life near Dallas after World War II, as seen through the eyes of a child. . . . Funny and nostalgic and occasionally unsettling, this child's view of her own small world also provides a picture of the wider world at that time." --Shelf Awareness for Readers

"Impressive. . . . This deftly crafted and inherently fascinating book is unreservedly recommended." --Midwest Book Review

"Diane DeSanders writes the sort of prose that gives that telltale tingle down the spine, prose that paints vivid pictures in the mind and presents an entire, unique world: the Lone Star State, the state of America, the state of childhood, the state of a traumatized father, and the state of being a girl, of being wonderfully and truly alive." --Sheila Kohler, author of Becoming Jane Eyre and Once We Were Sisters

"DeSanders's genius lies in her ability to capture the intimate interiority of a very particular childhood while at the same time interrogating larger questions of class, race, and religion. Hap and Hazard and the End of the World is a gorgeous, profoundly original novel." --Dawn Raffel, author of Carrying the Body and The Secret Life of Objects

"Rollicking, tilted, and transporting. As the young narrator tries to manage her fraying family--war-wounded father, suffering mother, misbehaving relatives galore--DeSanders takes us deeper, always with such tenderness and beautiful observation into the ways we shape a narrative that keeps us whole." --Victoria Redel, author of Loverboy and Before Everything

"Brilliant and unforgettable, DeSanders's autobiographical fiction takes us deep within the human psyche and the human heart, and delivers us to a uniquely strange and ambivalent grace." --Rick Whitaker, author of Assuming the Position and An Honest Ghost