Once You Go Back

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$16.95  $15.76
Seven Stories Press
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5.1 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author
DOUGLAS A. MARTIN is the author of Branwell; Outline of My Lover (selected by Colm Toibin as International Book of the Year in The Times Literary Supplement); They Change the Subject, a book of stories; and In the Time of Assignments, a book of poetry. Born in Virginia in 1973, and raised in Georgia, he now lives in New York City.
"The training wheels come off in Douglas A. Martin's latest novel, Once You Go Back, a coming-of-age tale that pedals through the trappings of childhood and adolescence with grace ... Martin's intense, unhindered prose style renders his characters' degrees of growth and alienation all the more powerful." -Time Out New York

"A gripping story about trust, family, loneliness, and displacement ... This novel is for anyone who ever felt lonely, for anyone who ever felt like they did not belong." -Kristina LePage, Adirondack Review

"... A poignant and semi-autobiographical novel ... Martin's highly poetic writing style is an example of high-brow literature in its prime." -Feminist Review

"There is a reverence in Douglas Martin's writing composed of equal parts language and love." -Dale Peck

"Lonely, understated and heart-breaking, Once You Go Back will haunt you like a familiar face that has emerged and then fallen back into a dream." -Mary Gaitskill

"[Outline of My Lover] is full of hard-won, fraught, unsparing emotional truth. It is a love story between a raw and damaged boy-narrator and a famously mysterious rock star. But more than that, it is a piece of stylish and ferociously sharp prose. I love its fierce concentration and levels of obsession." -Colm Tóibín