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From the Longing Orchard

Eighteen-year-old Sonya Hudson has been gripped by phobia since she was thirteen. What would make navigating the world so difficult for this budding visual artist? When the story opens, she lives with her mother and her sister in a suburb in New York in the late 1970s. The narrative carries us back through her childhood, where she struggles with the family’s frequent moving and with her parents’ increasingly fraught marriage. Lingering at the periphery of her consciousness is the shadow of a damaged boy she knew when she was very young. Reverence for the natural world provides comfort, as does her fierce attachment to her sister and her parents’ poignant guidance. But it is the intimacy with another young woman that ultimately offers a path to healing. In language soaring with poetic incantation, From the Longing Orchard shows us the ways in which a young woman and those she loves all must contend with a longing of some kind and how they seek from each other, and sometimes find, the needed balm.


ADVANCE PRAISE


In this novel, words take on the weight of objects, shimmer in images that linger long after the pages are turned. Jopp, a gifted poet, is also a natural storyteller, and she has created a world I want to return to again and again. Breathtaking at the level of language with characters both complicated and alive on the page, From the Longing Orchard will enchant you while it breaks your heart—a perfect reading experience if you ask me. I loved it.

—Anne Dyer Stuart, author of What Girls Learn and winner of the Henfield/Transatlantic Prize for Fiction

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Jessica Jopp

Publication Date: June 13, 2023

Genre/Imprint: Fiction, Quill

$19.95 Tradepaper

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ISBN: 9781597099295

Spring in Siberia

1985 Russia. As the Soviet Union disintegrates and Western capitalism spreads its grip across their land, the Morozov family finds itself consigned to the remote, icy wastes of Siberia. It is here that their only child, Alexey, is born.


A sweet and gentle schoolboy, Alexey discovers that reciting poetry learnt by heart calms his fears. That winter gales can be battled with self-invented games, and solace found through his grandmother’s rituals and potions. But when Alexey’s classmate, the son of KGB agents, confesses his love, the desire of two boys to be together clashes violently with the mad world around them.


Exploring the healing power of literature, the magic of first love, and the ways our family and homeland can save (or shatter) us, Spring in Siberia is a coming-of-age novel that, in the darkest of times, glows with hope and the yearning for freedom to be oneself—completely.


ADVANCE PRAISE


“A capacious work of vision, courage, and thoroughness, Spring in Siberia upholds the original promise of the novel: which is to contain all, protect nothing, and to shift perpetually in definition and scope. A work of earnest, grounded, and ultimately hopeful testimony of selfhood at the brink.”

– Poet, essayist, and novelist Ocean Vuong is the New York Times best-selling author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.


“I read this and was very very impressed. It was touching and well written, genuinely compelling and convincing.”

– Writer, actor, and director Sir Stephen Fry is the author of, among many other international best-sellers, Troy, Mythos, and Heroes.


“There are writers who have talent, and there are writers who have fascinating stories to tell, and it’s not all that often that the two, blessedly, meet. But in Artem Mozgovoy’s Spring in Siberia they have indeed met—with a directness and clarity and acute sense of observation and of the childhood world around him that is as rare as it is invigorating. The story of an overly sensitive and creative child trying to thrive and survive in an adult world often impervious to his gifts is hardly a new one, but what Mozgovoy does in this moving and richly observed memoir is to shed new light on that age-old theme, as well as providing a kind of mini-history of the post-Gorbachev Russia and a deeply textured portrait of conflict-torn Siberian life. This is a wonderful book about a fascinating though troubled childhood by a deeply talented and original writer who had both the wits to survive it and the talent to transform it into art. It reaffirms my belief in both the healing power of literature and its ability to broaden the sympathies of all those who are fortunate enough to enter its domain. I admire it, and him, deeply.”

– Poet, novelist, essayist, and short story writer Michael Blumenthal is the former Director of Creative Writing at Harvard.


“With Spring in Siberia, a new, heady Russian dish—sweet, sad, savage and resolutely gay—has been brought in triumph to the table of American writing.”

– John Clanchy, Australian and international prizewinning author.

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Artem Mozgovoy ( Author Website )

Publication Date: April 4, 2023

Genre/Imprint: Fiction, Red Hen Press

$18.95 Tradepaper

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ISBN: 9781636280707

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Coffee, Shopping, Murder, Love

A campy dark comedy for the angry and the disenchanted.

Last November, I found a dead body inside the freezer that my roommate keeps inside the garage. My first thought was to call the police, but Jignesh hadn’t paid his share of the rent just yet. It wasn’t due until the thirtieth, and you know how difficult it is to find people who pay on time. Jignesh always does. Also, he had season tickets for the LA Opera, and well . . . Madame Butterfly. Tosca. The Flying Dutchman . . . at the Dorothy Chandler . . . you cannot say no to that, can you? Well, it’s been a few good months now—Madame Butterfly was just superb, thank you. However, last Friday, I found a second body inside that stupid freezer in the garage. This time I’m evicting Jignesh. My house isn’t a mortuary . . . alas, I need to come up with some money first. You’ll understand, therefore, that I desperately need to sell this novel. Just enough copies to help me survive until I find a job . . . what could I do that doesn’t demand too much effort? We have a real treasure here, anyhow. Some chapters are almost but not quite pornographic. You could safely lend this to nana afterward!

ADVANCE PRAISE

“The most irredeemable and meticulously fashioned ne’er-do-wells I’ve ever rooted for. Murder in LA has never been such lurid, frothy fun.”
—Dave Caplan, Executive Producer of The Conners

“The unapologetically wicked characters of Carlos Allende’s darkly comedic novel are beyond salvation, no matter the legal (or emotional) crimes they’re committing. But that’s the fun for us. Allende’s masterful comedy of errors comes out hot and reaches a frenetic pace by the climax of Jignesh’s and Charlie’s hijinks—but all’s well that ends well, even if it didn’t end well for those who crossed their paths. Funny, shocking, and depraved, this novel warns us about what happens when our darkest impulses drag themselves into the light.”
—Charles Jensen, author of Nanopedia

“Fresh, highly original, and whiplash funny, Allende serves up a story in a voice like no other I’ve ever read. It’s often profane but by equal turns poignant—and I found myself laughing out loud from the start.”
—Susan Jane Gilman, author of Donna Has Left the Building

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Carlos Allende

Publication Date: June 21, 2022

Genre/Imprint: Fiction, Quill

$25.95 Tradepaper

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ISBN: 9781636280356