EXTRAORDINARY CRITICAL ACCLAIM: Ben Marcus is revered by writers and critics, and never more so than with the publication of his last collection, Leaving the Sea, for which he received the best reviews of his life.
“Utterly compelling. If you enjoy writers like Samuel Beckett, Wallace Stevens, and John Ashbery, who refuse to put language in a neat little box where conventional rules apply, then I’m sure you will love this collection…Outstanding.”—NPR
“Brilliant, astute…Filled with Marcus’s lovely, rhythmic sentences and wise insights about family, self, and masculinity…He can turn a man’s spiral into despair and loneliness into a fascinating journey, buoying it with blackly comic overtones…”—Boston Globe
SERIALIZATION, PRIZES: Marcus is the recipient of three PushCart Prizes, and many of the stories in Notes from the Fog have appeared in The New Yorker and The Paris Review, among other publications. He continues to be one of the most visible and highly lauded short story writers in America.
VINTAGE BOOK OF NEW AMERICAN SHORT FICTION: Ben edited the recent Vintage anthology of contemporary short fiction, cementing his reputation as the form’s most ardent champion and practitioner.
NEW STORIES - Three of the stories in this collection were previously published while the rest are all new:
“Cold Little Bird”—The New Yorker (October 2015)
“The Grow-Light Blues”—The New Yorker (June 2015)
“George and Elizabeth”—Granta (November 2015)
“The Literary Answer to ‘Black Mirror’… [Marcus] is an engrossing, poetically surreal writer. He’s often woundingly funny.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Exceptional… Each story is quietly eerie with electric characters who move through settings that look and sound exactly like our reality but are subtly disoriented, as if in a trick mirror.”
—The Paris Review
“One of Marcus’s strengths [is] imagining a future which is similar enough to our world to seem plausible, but different enough for the reader to grasp the ramifications of certain fates with which our current world is flirting.”
“Ruthless and hilarious”
“The wilder and more Swiftian the plots get, the more intimately the stories seem to evoke a lived reality.”
“Each story features moments of considered, lacerating prose threaded together by sentences that, like a marionette’s strings, bring the world to full, expansive life. This is a bracing, forceful collection.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Beautiful, heartbreaking, impeccably crafted and original meditations on, and figurations of, how it feels to be a human, a father, an American, at the hither edge of the 21st century.”
“To read Ben Marcus is to discover a new language, trapped inside of the old one. Sentences that cut through every layer straight to the heart of the matter. Writing that startles you into wakefulness. You know all these words but have never seen them used like this before. To read Ben Marcus is to be challenged and entertained and inspired all at once.”
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