The Sentence

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About the Author

Named one of Variety's "10 Storytellers To Watch," Matthew
is the author of the story collections Why Visit America and Hybrid
and the children's novel Key Of X, originally published as
If You Find This. Digital experiments include the temporal fiction
"Ephemeral," the interlinked novel Untold, the randomized novel Verses,
and the intentionally posthumous Afterthought, along with the cyber zine
Code Lit.


"I was left in awe."

-- Tiana Clark, author of I Can't Talk About The Trees Without The Blood

"This is a perfect book."

-- Lydia Conklin, author of Rainbow Rainbow

"There's a moment in The Sentence--that I wouldn't
dare spoil--when the reader's commitment to this literary challenge is rewarded
with the sensation of floating away on a cloud. It is sublime."

-- Jac Schaeffer, writer and creator of WandaVision

"In The Sentence, Matthew Baker has once again rewired my brain... Baker's
work evokes the thrill of discovery in Choose Your Own Adventure books,
immersive theater, and Calvino's hidden architectures."

-- Simon Han, author of Nights When Nothing Happened

"Matthew Baker's writing can only be described in the many yets it
creates: humorous yet disturbing, gripping yet patient, timely yet timeless. In
The Sentence, Baker offers a precise, visionary story of survival and
community told in the form of a sentence diagram. On its surface a dystopian
cautionary tale, this novella is a startling reflection on language, trust, and
desperation in the face of fascism. This is Baker's most exciting work yet."

-- Isle McElroy, author of The Atmospherians and People Collide

"The Sentence is a captivating magic trick... Lovers of Raymond Queneau's Exercises
in Style
and Shelley Jackson's Patchwork Girl and Julio Cortázar's Hopscotch
will find themselves relieved to discover that rampant, expansive, and daring
experimentalism is alive and well in the work of Matthew Baker."

-- Rita Bullwinkel, author of Headshot and Belly Up

"A beautiful tribute."

-- Gabriel Mascaro, writer and director of Divine Love

"A knife-edge thriller, a crystalline schematic, and a
piercing character study... Prepare to be changed."

-- Sam Ross, author of Company

novel that is as inventive as it is incisive... This is a book that can be
consumed one sitting, but that will stick with a reader long after its last

-- Allegra Hyde, author of Eleutheria and The Last

"Matthew Baker's The Sentence is a masterful and deviously elegant
display of the choices that are made in constructing a work of art and how
these choices reveal the construction of consciousness in systems that can both
entrap and liberate us, linguistically, interpersonally, politically. This book
is a pleasure and an accomplishment, one that I plan on marveling at and
enjoying again and again."

-- Mary South, author of You Will Never Be Forgotten

"Never before have I felt so powerfully the drama of syntax. This book is a
marvel... yet another thrilling innovation from the mad laboratory of Matthew

-- Chris Bachelder, author of The Throwback Special

"The most ingenious piece of writing I've ever read."

-- Zoé Wittock, writer and director of Jumbo

"Baker's mind is thrilling... The
is a book of astonishing invention."

-- Claire Luchette, author of Agatha Of Little