Paradise Close

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Persea Books
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5.69 X 8.55 X 0.89 inches | 0.83 pounds
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About the Author

Lisa Russ Spaar is the author of many collections of poetry, most recently Orexia (Persea, 2017), and a collections of essays, The Hide-and-Seek Muse: Annotations of Contemporary Poetry. She is the editor of Monticello in Mind: Fifty Contemporary Poems on Jefferson; Acquainted with the Night: Insomnia Poems; and All that Mighty Heart: London Poems. She is a poetry columnist for Los Angeles Review of Books and Professor of English at the University of Virginia.


Lisa Russ Spaar's debut novel (how is this a debut novel?) is a soulful, sexy, extraordinarily lyrical meditation on things that matter--art, aging, love, desire, the body, and the brief, passionate encounters that bind us to each other and sometimes save our lives. Beginning with a fragile, tender-hearted teenage orphan and spiraling into an ever-growing universe of enchanting outcasts, Paradise Close is part romantic fantasy, part literary dreamscape, and always a luscious and rewarding encounter with language. If this is what happens when poets write novels, they should all write them.--Eleanor Henderson, author of The Twelve-Mile Straight and Everything I Have Is Yours
Kaleidoscopic and moving, Lisa Russ Spaar's debut novel Paradise Close seamlessly spans the decades of her singular characters' lives and their inextricable connections to one another. At the heart of this work is a convergence of secrets catalogued with longing. Spaar looks closely and intently at such fractured desires, piecing them back together, all while offering a culminating rush of heartbreak to the bloodstream.--Jon Pineda, author of Let's No One Get Hurt