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Tin House Books
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5.5 X 0.8 X 8.4 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author
JP Gritton received his MFA from John Hopkins University and is currently a Cynthia Woods Mitchell fellow at the University of Houston. His awards include a DisQuiet fellowship and the Donald Barthelme prize in fiction. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Greensboro Review, New Ohio Review, Southwest Review, Tin House, and elsewhere.
Gritton erects a penetrating family history of love, loss, loyalty, and betrayal. It takes a great writer to make a character as reprehensible as Shelley not only sympathetic, but almost likable. ... In this brilliant debut novel, there are many bread crumbs leading us back to possible answers. An affecting, richly drawn, darkly humorous novel.
Pitch perfect cadences sing from the mouths of Gritton's characters, and the author performs skilled loop-de-loops in and out of Shelley's memories. This auspicious debut marks Gritton as a storyteller to watch.
In this throwback to 1980s dirty realism and a novel reminiscent of Frank Bill's fiction, Gritton evokes a beautiful rural landscape and people struggling with the cards they've been dealt, creating a rollicking portrait of a compelling and complicated man who is the product of his choices as much as his circumstances.
It's a powerful story that bridges the specific and the universal, telling us all about ourselves through Shelley Cooper's stumble and fall.