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People Like You

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* 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award Finalist
* 2015 Balcones Fiction Prize Winner
*The Inaugural Late Night Library Book Club Selection
*A 35 Over 35 Selection for 2015
*Named a Best Book of the Year by:
The Oregonian
The Portland Mercury
Powell's Books
The Quivering Pen

The 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award Finalist
citation for  People Like You:
"In plainspoken American speech, with great delicacy and wit, the nine stories in Margaret Malone's People Like You constantly beguile and surprise. With Chekhov they share both compassion and brevity; they share with Carver and Beattie a confidence in the unforced sentiment of unadorned prose; and in their matter-of-fact humor, which is often laugh-out-loud funny, they tap a long tradition of American humorists stretching from Mark Twain to Lorrie Moore. What sets them apart are Malone's protagonists: dark, troubled women unafraid to puncture the pieties or to confront the void. Three of these stories involve a beleaguered wife named Cheryl whose life gains real emotional heft despite the often absurd predicaments she finds herself in, predicaments that look and feel all too much like real life. That is the great pleasure here: these artful stories have the force of truth in every line."

"People Like You is a powerful debut by a writer of immense talent. In stories that shimmer and burn with beauty and sorrow, generosity and wit, Margaret Malone reveals the deepest, darkest, and most illuminating truths about what it means to be human. I love this book beyond measure." —CHERYL STRAYED, author of Wild

"Margaret Malone's characters are like Miranda July's without the financial resources: fiercely funny and keenly unhappy, and wanly persistent in their belief in their capacity to change even as they remain expert at observing, as if from afar, their own genius for self-sabotage. People Like You is wonderful on how much we need each other and let each other down, and how despite that and against all odds we grow into loving one another." —JIM SHEPARD, author of The Book of Aron and Story Prize winner

"This is the book I am personally going to put into peoples’ hands the moment it gets born. The stories in Margaret Malone’s collection People Like You will blow your mind, steal your heart, and leave your DNA rearranged. Her writing is brilliantly urgent and alive. The biggest mouth-to-mouth resuscitation of storytelling I’ve seen in years.”  
—LIDIA YUKNAVITCH, author of The Small Backs of Children and
The Chronology of Water

"Margaret Malone's stories are fearless and true. People Like You is a sharp debut that leaves the reader eager with want for all the books that follow."
—KYLE MINOR, author of Praying Drunk and Story Prize Spotlight Award winner

ISBN:978-0-9893023-6-4
Page count: 150
8.5"x5.5" trade paperback