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How to Be Safe

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
Former teacher had motive.

Recently suspended for a so-called outburst, high school English teacher Anna Crawford is stewing over the injustice at home when she is shocked to see herself named on television as a suspect in a shooting at the school where she works.

Though she is quickly exonerated, and the actual teenage murderer identified, her life is nevertheless held up for relentless scrutiny and judgment as this quiet town descends into media mania. Gun sales skyrocket, victims are transformed into martyrs, and the rules of public mourning are ruthlessly enforced. Anna decides to wholeheartedly reject the culpability she's somehow been assigned, and the rampant sexism that comes with it, both in person and online.

A piercing feminist howl written in trenchant prose, How to Be Safe is a compulsively listenable, darkly funny expose of the hypocrisy that ensues when illusions of peace are shattered.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"How to be Safe is a blistering indictment of America's insanity: our devotion to guns, our addiction to masculinity, our obsession with muscling our way toward an exceptionalism built upon our own inflated sense of self. Tom McAllister is an exceptionally talented novelist: funny, biting, and bold. I'd be inclined to call him a satirist if not for the fact that every word in this novel is true." - Wiley Cash

"Vicious, hilarious, shocking and sad, How to Be Safe is biting political satire that levels its targets, soft and hard. Tom McAllister's vision of a violent, pious, hysterical America is worthy of Denis Johnson, Margaret Atwood and, yes, Mark Twain." - Stewart O'Nan

"This is one of those books you don't know if you can read, and then after you don't know how you lived in a world without it. It's chock full of the things that are killing us: mass shootings, misogyny, the internet, media frenzies, tribalism. And it's so wonderful - so furious and so funny and urgent and needed in this mad ugly space we're sharing with each other. I can't believe this book was written by a man - but I'm so happy Tom McAllister wrote it." - Amber Sparks


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April 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: How to Be Safe: A Novel
Author(s): Tom McAllister
ISBN: 1-63149-413-9 / 978-1-63149-413-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Liveright
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April 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: How to Be Safe: A Novel
Author(s): Tom McAllister
ISBN: 1-68441-088-6 / 978-1-68441-088-0 (USA edition)
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Title: How to Be Safe: A Novel
Author(s): Tom McAllister
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April 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: How to Be Safe: A Novel
Author(s): Tom McAllister
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April 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: How to Be Safe: A Novel
Author(s): Tom McAllister
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


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April 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: How to Be Safe: A Novel
Author(s): Tom McAllister
Publisher: Liveright
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