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Published February 25, 2015

Dear Herculine - Editor's Pick

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Winner of the 2014 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, selected by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge. A book- length epistolary collection of hybrid-, trans-, and inter-genre prose, Dear Herculine is an intertextual project that recalls portions of the 19th-century French intersex Herculine Barbin's memoirs, discovered and re-published by Michel Foucault. The medical reassignment of Herculine's gender eventually led to their death in February of 1868. Herculine's experiences are set against and interwoven into the author's experiences as an intersexed body through the epistolary form.
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Published February 25, 2015

Father Brother Keeper

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In this sobering and deeply moving first collection, Nathan Poole depicts men, women, and children at odds with themselves and one another, often reeling in the aftermath of loss. A father grapples with his young son's proclivity to run naked through their orchard at night and what such behavior portends for the boy's future. A teenager discovers a so-called kennel in a neighbor's field where dogs are caged in modified barrels and grossly neglected. Father Brother Keeper displays an array of astonishing gifts rare to find in an author's first book: intense lyricism, remarkable emotional generosity, and an eye for the compelling event.
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Published February 25, 2015

Love Highway

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Stephanie Dickinson has written a riveting page-turner of a novel based on the headline-grabbing 2006 murder of 18-year-old Jennifer Moore, abducted on New York City's West Side Highway after a night of clubbing. Dickinson recreates the night of the murder from the points of view of the murdered girl, and that of the murderer’s girlfriend, a damaged young woman and former foster child not much older than the victim, who observed the rape and murder and did not call for help. Using elegant, lyrical language, the book explores the difficult themes of female desirability, vulnerability and dependence, substance abuse, and domestic violence in a nuanced, compassionate tone.
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Published February 25, 2015

The Unpainted Shore

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A book-length elegy in four sections, C Dylan Bassett's debut collection is an unflinching examination of grief and its effects on memory, on the body, and on the experience of physical space in the aftermath of loss.
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Published January 20, 2015

Washing the Dead

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Three generations of women confront family secrets in this exquisitely wrought debut novel that examines the experience of religious community, the perilous emotional path to adulthood, and the power of sacred Jewish rituals to repair damaged bonds between mothers and daughters.
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Published January 20, 2015

Twelve Clocks

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From the fall of Troy recorded at the beginning of Western poetry to the ongoing mass extinction of species, Twelve Clocks meditates on the temporality of loss across the many scales of our experience and knowledge. Through formal innovations derived from the second, the minute, the hour, etc., and the methods of their measure, these poems move from the stark violence of Homer's tale to the terrible precision and power of the atomic age.
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Published January 20, 2015

Sand Opera

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Sand Opera emerges from the dizzying position of being named but unheard as an Arab American, and out of the parallel sense of seeing Arabs named and silenced since 9/11. Polyvocal poems, arias, and redacted text speak for the unheard. Metres exposes our common humanity while investigating the dehumanizing perils of war and its lasting effect on our culture.
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Published January 20, 2015

The King of the Sea Monkeys

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Centered around a young high school teacher, The King of the Sea Monkeys is a novel in two parts. Because the protagonist suffers from a traumatic brain injury, the first part is fragmented, finding its way in the narrative in disorderly pieces. The protagonist's "normal" life disintegrates when he is involved in an altercation at a convenience store which ends in a shooting. He survives a terrible injury but his world is undone.
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Published January 20, 2015

The Descartes Highlands

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Two men, each unaware of the other, share a common family secret: they were sold for adoption by their American father shortly after their births in the Philippines. Their alternating stories interweave with his, as the two separately attempt to piece together the puzzle of their past. Named after the region of the moon where Apollo 16 landed in the same year the two boys were born of separate mothers, The Descartes Highlands demonstrates that for lives marked by unrelieved loneliness, the only hope lies in the redemptive power of love.
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Published December 22, 2014

How Gone We Got

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From the wood-paneled basements of Ohio to the end of the world, Dina Guidubaldi's characters have gone wandering, searching for a way home. In How Gone We Got, their efforts to befriend the unfamiliar result in confusion, frustration and violence, but their awkward interactionswith everything from robots to sea creatures to fallen celebritiessend the reader into unexpected and unapologetic territory.
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