Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance
Alison Espach (Author)
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Named a Best Book of 2022 by NPR and The Chicago Tribune
From Alison Espach, author of the New York Times Editors' Choice novel The Adults, comes a dazzlingly unconventional love story for readers of Ask Again, Yes and Tell the Wolves I'm Home.
Henry Holt & Company
May 17, 2022
6.52 X 9.53 X 1.25 inches | 1.17 pounds
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About the Author
Alison Espach is the author of the novel The Adults, a New York Times Editors' Choice and a Barnes & Noble Discover pick. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Vogue, Joyland, Glamour, Salon, and McSweeney's, among other places. She is currently a professor of creative writing at Providence College in Rhode Island.
Advance Praise for Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance"Unputdownable, insightful, funny and emotionally profound. A book that swirls and glitters with strangeness and delight, as much a portrait of grief as a love story, both love and grief hinging on the ways we negotiate with things we cannot control, how we sit in the cockpit of the self, what we dare to share with others and what remains ineffable. Gorgeous."
--Rufi Thorpe, author of The Knockout Queen "Oh how I loved this novel! Alison Espach masterfully examines the effects of devastating loss with enormous wit, charm, and intelligence. Though I was reminded at times of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones and the dark fictions of Megan Abbott, this is truly a novel like no other."
--Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year "In Alison Espach's hands, a teenage girl on the cusp of understanding, a dazzling older sister, and a small Connecticut town become a beautifully described world filled with characters I wanted to meet, characters I still think about. Their trials and tribulations and adolescent longing and awkwardness; their love for each other --it all felt amazingly real. Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance is the rare kind of book that made me both laugh and cry. It is hilarious and moving and deeply felt, and I was sad when it ended."
--Anton DiSclafani, author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls and The After Party "Espach is an immensely talented writer, and her prose unfolds with a devastating lightness of touch. This novel is deeply moving, always excellent, and often unexpectedly funny."
--Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Glass Hotel "It's difficult to cut through the overinflated language of blurbs to convey the genuine specialness and beauty of Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance. Writing from a black hole, 'soundless and windless and without gravity, ' Alison Espach has alchemized unimaginable tragedy into a story that's deceptively funny, tender, and ultimately life-affirming. Novels like this are what the art form is for."
--Teddy Wayne, author of Apartment Praise for The Adults "Coming of age with a quick wit and a sharp eye...The Adults is as idiosyncratic as it is stirring."
--New York Times "Tom Perrotta meets Curtis Sittenfeld in this razor-sharp debut by Alison Espach, who weaves a wry, devastatingly perceptive coming-of-age tale set in Connecticut's affluent suburbs."
--Marie Claire Fierce, tender adolescent narrative."
-The New York Times Book Review "This cri de coeur carries a freshness and charm."
--San Francisco Chronicle