Dawg Towne, Alice Kaltman‘s latest and most multidimensional book to date, centers around a series of mysterious canine disappearances in no-name east coast suburbia. Told through the eyes of various eccentric townspeople, all of whom are searching not only for their dogs, but for some inner truth, it’s like The Affair meets American Beauty with a hefty helping of kibble, and all the signature Kaltman heart and humor
In our morning reading: an excerpt from Sarah Rose Etter’s new novel, an interview with Chia-Chia Lin, and more.
Don’t You Swim? by Sara Lippmann If she’s smart about it, Nora can survive the whole boat ride without incident. The boat, a 60-foot catamaran, accommodates 12 other families. Plus crew. Equipment, buffet and bar. Maybe, it’s not even him, standing in line at the port with his wife, her straw tote and rash-guarded twins. His Dartmouth cap a giveaway, but maybe, he won’t recognize her. Abortion Roy. She will hustle to the stern and slather sunscreen on her children, […]
In our morning reading: thoughts on Joan Didion, fiction by Bandi and Sara Lippman, and more.
In our morning reading: an excerpt from a forthcoming history of The Empty Bottle, new fiction from Sara Lippmann, an interview with Helen McClory, and more.
In our morning reading: an interview with Dave Reidy, new writing from Sara Lippmann, Nick Moran on Florida lit, and more.
In our morning reading: new writing from Mary Ruefle and Sara Lippmann, Natalie Eilbert on a pair of books from Aaron Apps, a guide to the books of Judy Blume, and more.
The stories found in Sara Lippmann‘s collection Doll Palace are concise and dizzying, showcasing memorably wrenching scenes from numerous lives in the span of a few pages. Lippmann is equally adept at settings urban and rural, moving from Jersey Shore life to urban absurdism to literary commentary. It’s an impressive breadth of work, and I reached out to Lippmann via email to learn more about the collection’s creation, boundaries, and settings.