Now You See It . . .: Stories from Cokesville, Pa

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Picador USA
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.8 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Bathsheba Monk was born to a family of Pennsylvania coal miners. After being discharged from the Army, she lived in Europe. She recently settled in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she is writing her second book.


"A sublime and deadpan debut that cocks an eyebrow and reminds us that it is never a light thing, this leaving home, though we all must try." --Esquire

"Bathsheba Monk is a writer I'll be talking about when I talk about brilliant new writers. Now You See It . . . is the work of an imaginative, funny, and electrically gifted storyteller." --Tim O'Brien, author of The Things They Carried

"The stories use deadpan humor to combat a sense of hopelessness and economic futility." --The New Yorker

"A sassy, hard-boiled book of stories, some of which will break your heart . . . Monk's Cokesville stories convincingly span more than forty years of coal dust and hard living. . . . All of the stories are touching, some profoundly so." --The Buffalo News

"Inventive, unsentimental, Monk is a grassroots artist who honed her craft at the school of hard knocks. Her sense of place resonates in tune with her feisty sense of self." --The Boston Globe

"Monk is a terrific writer. . . . Like the soot in Cokesville, there is blackness to Monk's writing, but she is so funny that her fierceness sneaks up and smacks us from behind. . . . An important new voice in American fiction." --The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)