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John McManus launches FOX TOOTH HEART with Porochista Khakpour, presented by Sarabande Books

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7:00pm

John McManus discusses his long-awaited short story collection Fox Tooth Heart with celebrated novelist Porochista Khakpour. With refreshments generously sponsored by Sarabande Books.

About Fox Tooth Heart
The stories in Fox Tooth Heart sprawl across the geography of America, from trailers hidden in deep Kentucky woods to an Arkansas ranch converted into an elephant refuge; from Florida beaches to Western canyon trails and the sheer rock faces of national parks. Seeking escape or salvation, John McManus's characters blaze along four-lane interstates and harrowing county highways, reeling precariously between common anxiety and drug-enhanced paranoia, between sober reality and fearsome hallucination. A fading rock star hides out with his con-man father after fleeing the scene where he left his fiancée to die; an abandoned daughter becomes a remorseless killer as her past recedes from memory; an addict impossibly in thrall to a brutal meth cook sinks through successive levels of self-degradation for what might, in the end, be true love. In his long-awaited return, these nine masterpieces of twisted humor and deep pathos reaffirm McManus as one of the most commanding voices in contemporary fiction.

About John McManus
John McManus is the author of the novel Bitter Milk and the short story collections Born on a Train and Stop Breakin Down. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, McSweeney's, American Short Fiction, Oxford American, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award, the Fellowship of Souther Writers' New Writing Award, and a Creative Capital Literature grant. He lives in Virginia.

About Porochista Khakpour
Porochista Khakpour is the author of the acclaimed novels Sons and Other Flammable Objects and The Last Illusion.  She has been awarded fellowships from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, Northwestern University, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Ucross Foundation, Djerassi, and Yaddo. She is most recently the recipient of a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowship in Creative Writing (Prose). She lives in New York.

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