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The Exit Coach
Megan Staffel




Four Way
2016 • 106 pp. 6 x 9"
Short Stories - Single Author

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-80-2
$16.99 Ebook, 978-1-935536-92-5

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“Engaging and memorable. . . . Staffel’s prose is graceful—each sentence flows nimbly into the next with poetic but concise exposition. The book’s greatest strength is its... [continued in Reviews below]”—Publishers Weekly

Unexpected visitors disrupt lives and reveal new and undreamt-of possibilities

How do we find the courage to change? In The Exit Coach, a collection of six stories and a novella, the characters arrive at an impasse that requires them to step out of the wreckage of their habituated lives. It is the entrance of an unexpected voice—a visitor from France, a retired talent scout, an invisible friend, a midnight phone call, or even a wild animal—that disrupts their patterns of behavior and illuminates the possibilities they’ve been blind to, pointing the way to an exit they’ve dreamt of, but lacked the courage to enter.

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“Engaging and memorable. . . . Staffel’s prose is graceful—each sentence flows nimbly into the next with poetic but concise exposition. The book’s greatest strength is its dialogue. The voices Staffel employs are distinct and authentic, and she gives her characters room to delve into compelling discussions with interesting revelations that help push the narratives forward.” —Publishers Weekly

The Exit Coach is a book of wonderful, astute stories. Staffel’s characters keep falling upon whatever they least expect. . . . A remarkable collection.”—Joan Silber

“There are so many features to admire in Megan Staffel’s work, including her range of characters, her understanding of her people, the wry humor in her descriptions, the precision of her language, her wisdom in general, and maybe most striking, the love she affords her heroes and heroines. The stories in this beautiful collection are dignified by deep feeling.”—Jane Hamilton



MEGAN STAFFEL divides her time between western New York State and Brooklyn. She is the author of two novels and two collections of short fiction. The Exit Coach is her third collection. Since 1976 she has taught writing at the college level and currently teaches in the MFA program at Warren Wilson College. She has two adult children and lives with her acupuncturist husband. Visit www.meganstaffel.com for more information.

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