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“Courtney Eldridge is one of my favorite living short-story writers. She has courage and vision like few writers, an amazing ear, and compassion like nobody else at all.When I read her, I feel better about literature and better about the world.Want to know what really makes human beings tick? Throw away everything on your bedside table and read this instead.
—RICK MOODY, author of DEMONOLOGY and THE ICE STORM
“Courtney Eldridge is one of the smartest young writers in America,and she knows how to use knives.There are echoes of Dixon here, and Moody, and Wallace, and maybe even early Carver—great technical control masking great emotional upheaval.All of these stories, after their meanderings, their circlings and jokes and asides, deliver a measurable catharsis, and it’s all the more powerful for how painful—though that pain is wrapped and rewrapped, hidden and denied—itwas to get there.”—DAVE EGGERS, author of A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS