You Are the Snake: Stories

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5.57 X 8.25 X 0.71 inches | 0.58 pounds

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About the Author
Juliet Escoria is the author of the novel Juliet the Maniac (Melville House, May 2019), which was named a "best of" book by Nylon, Elle, Buzzfeed, and others, and was shortlisted for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Prize. She also wrote the poetry collection Witch Hunt (Lazy Fascist Press, 2016) and the story collection Black Cloud (CCM/Emily Books, 2014), which were both listed in various best of the year roundups. Her writing can be found in places like Prelude, VICE, The Fader, BOMB, and the New York Times, and has been translated into many languages. She was born in Australia, raised in San Diego, and currently lives in West Virginia, where she teaches English at a community college.
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"Cult favorite Juliet Escoria left San Diego for West Virginia and is back with a new collection of stories full of razor-sharp insights." --Jim Ruland, Los Angeles Times

"Sharp stories that resist moralizing and leave room for the beautiful, foggy grey areas." --Sophia June, Nylon

"You Are the Snake expounds upon Juliet Escoria's original and charming voice. Examining girlhood, desire, and yearning, Escoria's stories are jolts of electricity that call to mind Mary Gaitskill, Elle Nash, or Julia Armfield, often pulling you in in just a few quick moments." --Sam Franzini, Our Culture Mag

"The stories in Escoria's fourth book are kaleidoscopic; they shift and fall into a colorful blur." --Booklist

"Escoria vividly captures her characters' shared worlds. These charged and often startling stories hit hard." --Publishers Weekly

"Short stories that expose the rages, obsessions, and plights of girls and women." --Kirkus Reviews

"You Are the Snake is an excellent book. The writing is beautiful and calm, and the characters seemingly placid, but in each story lurks the human capacity for cruelty. Every detail seemed perfectly chosen to unnerve or enlighten. I could not stop reading, and I loved every story." --Halle Butler, author of The New Me

"A sharply observed and unflinching collection that perfectly captures the electric joys and sorrows of living a half-feral life." --Jenny Offill, author of Weather and Department of Speculation

"Smart and grimy, raw and moving. There is no one making more interesting work than Juliet Escoria. These stories are so beautiful and make me so uncomfortable, but that's Escoria for you." --Chelsea Martin, author of Tell Me I'm an Artist