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Certain American States

Catherine Lacey

Certain states are hard to shake, or so Catherine Lacey’s characters find in these twelve tales of love, loss and longing.

A grieving wife gives away the shirts her husband has left behind. A flirtatious widow takes a honeymooning couple to see her husband’s grave. A businessman working for a shadowy organization known as ‘The Company’, checks-in to a room in a strange and remarkable hotel.

  • Published: 02/05/2019
  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781783782215
  • 129x20mm, 208 pages

With a spare but poetically concentrated style, Catherine Lacey vividly captures the addled, bombed-out, wryly fuzzy perspectives of her lost and drifting characters. These are stories of mystery and brooding, wintry beauty

Colin Barrett, author of, Young Skins

Lacey is playful and smart, one of a generation of American women who seem entirely unafraid

‘Best Summer Books’ selected by Anne Enright, Guardian

Profoundly playful and piercingly good... The prose is full of mathematical pleasures. You don't have to read them, but you really should

Anne Enright, Guardian

The Author

Catherine Lacey is the author of the novels, THE ANSWERS and NOBODY IS EVER MISSING. She has won a Whiting Award, was a finalist for the NYPL’s Young Lions Fiction Award, and was named one of Granta Magazine’s Best Young American Novelists. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Vogue, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Based in Chicago, she is the 2017-2018 John and Renee Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi.

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The Answers

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‘And each time I hit the tarmac I had this terrible feeling that the trip I’d just taken had never even happened, that I’d spent hundreds for a memory I could barely recall.’