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Chris Bachelder


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Chris Bachelder is an Alumni Graduate Fellow in the M.F.A. programme at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
 
Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (2016) : The Throwback Special


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The Party Upstairs (2020)
Lee Conell
"The Party Upstairs is a dazzling and dioramic novel--Lee Conell situates so much intricate life and energy inside of one day, one building. I'll be recommending this smart, funny, suspenseful, timely, and beautifully constructed book to friends and strangers."
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The Second Season (2021)
Emily Adrian
"To borrow a sports idiom, Emily Adrian really stuffs the stat sheet here. She writes as engagingly and insightfully about basketball and broadcasting as she does about work, love, friendship, ambition, motherhood, aging, and the power and frailty of the body. Smart, tough, passionate Ruth Devon is a winning protagonist, and her poignant story is both suspenseful and meditative. The Second Season is a terrific sports novel, yes, but it's also just a terrific novel."
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The Beast in Aisle 34 (2021)
Darrin Doyle
"No joke, for years I’ve put this policy on my syllabus: If there is a werewolf in your story, it ought to be a complicated werewolf. And now with great joy I have found, courtesy of Darrin Doyle, the epitome of the Complicated Werewolf. Meet Sandy Kurtz-ambivalent husband, expectant father, discontented home improvement store employee, and full-moon terror. Doyle moves the story forward with professional pace and energy, all the while developing his wolfman with wit, subtlety, depth, and gore. You’ll root for Sandy, despite what he does to deer."
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Pity the Beast (2021)
Robin McLean
"Mythic in scope and vision, ingenious in form and style, Pity the Beast is a magnificent work of art by a fearless and utterly original writer. I read it with wonder and terror, exhilaration and admiration."

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