Lesser Ruins

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Coffee House Press
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About the Author

Mark Haber was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Florida. His debut novel, Reinhardt's Garden (2019, Coffee House Press), was longlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award. His second novel, Saint Sebastian's Abyss (2022, Coffee House Press), was named a best book of 2022 by the New York Public Library, Literary Hub, and Publishers Weekly. Mark's fiction has appeared in Guernica, Southwest Review, and Air/Light, among others. Mark lives in Minneapolis.

Praise for Lesser Ruins

Literary Hub, "Most Anticipated Books of 2024"

"This book is a work of art . . . not only hysterical but incredibly moving, to the last page." --Fernando A. Flores, author of Tears of the Trufflepig

"Written with emotional force but also with great restraint and unremitting integrity, Lesser Ruins is the most ambitious addition yet in Mark Haber's brilliant Bernhardian project." --Martin Riker, author of The Guest Lecture

"Lesser Ruins is a transcendent rumination, a study of, among other things, literature, obsession, and the mind. For all its breathlessness, a silence settled around me as I read it." --Amina Cain, author of A Horse at Night: On Writing

"In Lesser Ruins, Haber transforms the private idiosyncrasies of grief into a novel of great vitality. Haber has a tremendous talent for revealing the forms of self-sabotage particular to academia but also forms of it found everywhere, the lesser ruins that humans have been making for themselves and others for millennia. I relished the complexity and understated humor of this impeccably constructed and wondrous novel." --Idra Novey, author of Take What You Need

"Lesser Ruins is a masterwork of a novel, as expansive as it is discerning, ironic, and extraordinarily sensitive." --Mandy-Suzanne Wong, author of The Box

Past Praise:

Praise for Saint Sebastian's Abyss

The New York Times Book Review, "Editor's Choice"
New York Public Library, "Best Books of 2022"
May Indie Next List
Publishers Weekly, "Summer Reads 2022"
Literary Hub, "Favorite Books of 2022"

"[A] sparkling comic novel. . . . Every few pages Haber, the author of one other novel and a story collection, throws in a gem. . . . Schmidt is one of Haber's keenest inventions." --Jackson Arn, The New York Times

"In sinuous, recursive sentences infused with equal parts reverence and venom, Haber constructs a darkly parodic portrait of aesthetic devotion and intellectual friendship, in which the redemptive practice of collaborative interpretation becomes a cage that two egos relentlessly rattle." --Nathan Goldman, Jewish Currents

"Saint Sebastian's Abyss feels exactly like the description of the painting--deceitfully small in scale, containing a cosmic abyss at its center. The mimetic impulse between the book and its themes pervades the whole reading experience." --Hernan Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Trust

Praise for Reinhardt's Garden

Longlisted for the 2020 PEN/Hemingway Award
The Millions, "Most Anticipated of 2019"
Texas Observer, "Best Texas Books of the Decade"

"Outstanding . . . the descent into the heart of darkness at the very core of modernity." --BOMB Magazine

"Haber, who has been called 'one of the most influential yet low-key of tastemakers in the book world, ' is about to raise it up a level with the debut of his novel." --The Millions

"An adventurous journey into the country of melancholy. A fascinating dissection of human vulnerability." --Guadalupe Nettel, author of Still Born