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57 Octaves Below Middle C
Kevin McIlvoy

Four Way
2017 • 184 pp. 6 x 9"
Fiction & Literature / Literary Fiction / Short Stories - Single Author

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-98-7
$16.99 Ebook, 978-1-945588-13-6

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"An offbeat batch of short and flash fiction, generally concerned with domesticity but more notably obsessed with the sound and feel of language....A challenging but fresh and inventive set of prose poems."—Kirkus

A collection of short stories, flash fiction, and prose poems full of characters who are wonderstruck by various aspects of life

A hybrid collection comprised of short stories, flash fiction, and prose poems, the works in 57 Octaves Below Middle C enact the dilemma of self-forgetting. This book is for any reader who hears the states of dissonance that are disturbing and natural aspects of the human comedy.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“…only a writer as attentive to language as McIlvoy could bring such a book into the world….”—Laura Kasischke

“…the linked pieces in 57 Octaves Below Middle C are marvelously peopled with characters you’ve never seen before and full of tragicomic insight…”—Matthea Harvey

“As if Blind Willie Johnson had stumbled through Alice's looking glass, 57 Octaves Below Middle C offers a thrilling mash-up of the soulfully executed blues riff and the wondrously weird. In McIlvoy's latest, beneath the artistry and the melody, the hilarity, the poetry, beneath every note (and all the octaves) in this extended ballad of precisely inflected narratives, is a cri de couer: A tour de force!”—Karen Brennan

KEVIN “MC” MCILVOY lives in Asheville, North Carolina. His most recent books are a story collection, The Complete History of New Mexico, and a novel, Hyssop. He mentors writers and edits fiction through Since 1987 he has taught in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:45:03 -0500