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A Greater Monster
Adam Patric Miller

Autumn House
2014 • 160 pp. 6 x 9"

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-932870-92-3

“Miller’s writing is a kind of antidote to the monstrosities of postmodern America. With courageous empathy, he looks tragedy, mortality, and indifference in the eye... [continued in Reviews below]”—Elizabeth Paul, Weave Magazine

Winner of the 2013 Autumn House Nonfiction Prize, selected by Phillip Lopate.

Miller's debut essay collection follows his insightful perspectives on various facets of life as he paints a portrait of the man he has grown to become.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Miller’s writing is a kind of antidote to the monstrosities of postmodern America. With courageous empathy, he looks tragedy, mortality, and indifference in the eye. With poise, he searches their meaning in a broader composition of living, never raising his voice in the shrill tones of today’s media but allowing things to speak for themselves, especially through artful repetitions...Through an ear for voie, sensitivity to tone, deftness with language, and fearless curiosity, Miller shares this inspiration and compassion with his readers along with the possibilities of composition.”—Elizabeth Paul, Weave Magazine

“In this remarkable, quietly piercing book-length rumination, Adam Miller demonstrates all the necessary assets of a first-rate personal essayist: an elegant prose style, acute observational powers, humanity, curiosity, erudition, humor, modesty and honesty. Whether he is writing about Bach, Bruce Chatwin, the shenanigans of his students, the marketing of classical music, his down-and-out biological painter-father and his worldly, successful stepfather, a collapsing marriage, a lame party of academics, his aching love for his children, or simply the signs he sees in passing on the road, he finds a way to engage us utterly. He is extraordinarily good company, and a good man (claims of monstrosity aside). Highly recommended for anyone who values literary intelligence and the twisty-turning adventures of an unfolding consciousness.”—Phillip Lopate

ADAM PATRIC MILLER'S A GREATER MONSTER was selected by Phillip Lopate as the winner of the 2013 Autumn House Press Nonfiction Prize. Miller has also won a Pushcart Prize and received a Notable Essay Selection in The Best American Essays series. His essays have been published in Agni Magazine, The Florida Review, and Blue Earth Review. During his years of teaching in an inner-city high school in Connecticut, Miller was twice voted Teacher of the Year. For his outstanding contributions to classroom teaching and for improving the quality of secondary education in Ohio, Miller was named a Jennings Scholar. As an undergraduate at Princeton University, Miller took a two-year leave to play the violin professionally. A highlight of those years was the chance to perform in Carnegie Hall. Miller lives with his wife and their blended family in St. Louis, Missouri.

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