Matt Sumell discusses and signs Making Nice

Hailed as "indelible" in "Entertainment Weekly's" list of "20 Books We'll Read in 2015," this gut-punch of a debut about love, grief, and family "unleashes one of the most comically arresting voices this side of Sam Lipsyte's "Homeland"" ("Publishers Weekly," starred review)
In Matt Sumell's blazing first book, our hero Alby flails wildly against the world around him--he punches his sister (she deserved it), "unprotectos" broads (they deserved it and liked it), gets drunk and picks fights (all deserved), defends defenseless creatures both large and small, and spews insults at children, slow drivers, old ladies, and every single surviving member of his family. In each of these stories Alby distills the anguish, the terror, the humor, and the strange grace--or lack of--he experiences in the aftermath of his mother's death. Swirling at the center of Alby's rage is a grief so big, so profound, it might swallow him whole. As he drinks, screws, and jokes his way through his pain and heartache, Alby's anger, his kindness, and his capacity for good bubble up when he (and we) least expect it. Sumell delivers "a naked rendering of a heart sorting through its broken pieces to survive. (Mark Richard)"  (Henry Holt & Co)
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Friday, June 19, 2015 - 7:00pm
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8818 W Sunset Blvd
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Making Nice: Short Fiction Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781627790932
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Henry Holt & Company - February 17th, 2015