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The Meaning of If
Patrick Lawler




Four Way
2014 • 196 pp. 6 x 9"
Fiction & Literature

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-45-1



The Meaning of If explores what might be, what could have been, and that strange, lovely place in between called reality

“You just have to admire all the possibilities,” says one character in Patrick Lawler’s short story collection, The Meaning of If—a sentence that encapsulates the myriad of “if’s” explored in these pages. At times surreal and yet so realistic, we hear each “muffled whisper,” we see each “muddy photograph,” we know each “secret life,” as if it were our own. These are familial stories of transition and transformation—both mental and physical—that consider the question “What if?”

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The Meaning of If is a wild carnival ride…prepare to be exhilarated.” —Megan Staffel

“…The stories of Patrick Lawler’s The Meaning of If announce a new force in American short fiction.”—David Lloyd



PATRICK LAWLER lives in Syracuse, NY. He has written five previous poetry collections and one novel. He teaches at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and is also Writer in Residence at LeMoyne College.



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