The Gulf

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Graywolf Press
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5.5 X 0.9 X 8.2 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Belle Boggs is the author of The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood and Mattaponi Queen. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, Harper's Magazine, Slate, and elsewhere. She teaches at North Carolina State University.


"A strikingly original satire."--Southern Living

"Belle Boggs is a witty, incisive writer, and The Gulf, her first novel, deftly satirizes everything from for-profit schools to the MFA industrial complex, American liberals and conservatives, and the hypocrisies of both sides."--Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

"Boggs nails the launching point for her satire of for-profit education and the unholy links between manipulation, money, and writing. But The Gulf is more than just a witty parody: Boggs uses the Ranch as a lens through which to examine our fractured country, where the inability to allow for ambivalence keeps us separated by a gulf. In Boggs's ultimately redemptive novel, it is language--poetry--that bridges that gulf."--BOMB

"[The Gulf] illuminates the ways our political and religious beliefs are often rooted in the stories we tell ourselves about love and family."--The Christian Century

"This is one of the most entertaining novels you'll read all year."--Greensboro News & Record

"Not to be missed. A rare combination of silliness and poignancy, with momentum and compassion. . . . This is a novel of keen comedy, insight and empathy."--Shelf Awareness

"A smart, slightly kooky exploration of art and money, faith and politics."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"[The Gulf] beautifully balances absurdity and emotional depth, complete with a bombastic state representative, an epiphanic hurricane, and Marianne's journey, if not to faith, then to salvation."--Booklist, starred review

"Readers will find this witty, nuanced work both satisfying and resonant."--Publishers Weekly

"[A] wildly engaging exploration of characters finding their way through connection, and through language."--Aimee Bender

"The Gulf is literally a DIVINE read--it's also smart, profound, very funny, and finally redemptive."--Lee Smith

"Belle Boggs has established herself as both a stellar writer of fiction and a brilliant voice on important issues within our society; in this fine novel, her many talents come together."--Jill McCorkle

"It's an amazing novel. You have to read it."--Kevin Wilson

"The Gulf is a hilarious and healing novel for these polarized times. Reading it consumed my nights, and gave me hope."--Tania James

"A smart, funny, and hugely entertaining tale."--Jonathan Evison