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Brad Watson


USA flag (1955 - 2020)

Brad Watson was the author of  Last Days of the Dog-Men, winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
 
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Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (2002) : The Heaven of Mercury
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (2011) : Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives


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If You Want Me to Stay (2005)
Michael Parker
"Brilliant and funny and blow-your-heart-out sad all at once."
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The Last September (2015)
Nina de Gramont
"A brilliant rendering of a love story and a murder mystery."
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The Underworld (2017)
Kevin Canty
"Canty writes with uncanny insight into the unspeakable beauty of life itself."
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Treeborne (2018)
Caleb Johnson
"Caleb Johnson is as much a prophet of his place and time as was Larry Brown of north Mississippi, as Cormac McCarthy of his native Knoxville, Tennessee, Marquez of his homegrown, fictional Macondo. He is ‘Treeborne.’ This is a novel born of a deep, affectionate, and wise knowledge of a place and its people, its history, and its rich and complicated wildness. And its innate tendency to recognize and heighten the mysterious and strange in the ordinary, everyday. He manipulates and maneuvers narrative masterfully."
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August (2020)
Callan Wink
"Callan Wink’s characters are as real and vivid as if they’d stepped into your living room, uninvited, to tell their stories. His style is as clear, precise, and starkly poetic as the young Hemingway’s, but with a more droll sense of humor. This book is simply super—a deft, beautiful, deeply engaging read."
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Hieroglyphics (2020)
Jill McCorkle
"Hieroglyphics is suffused with a deep and heartening understanding of human resilience and strength. A beautiful and emotionally satisfying novel."
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Ruthie Fear (2020)
Maxim Loskutoff
"Maxim Loskutoff takes the real world, the gritty realism of western mountain poverty and class warfare, and turns them inside out, infusing them with the wonderfully strange. The ancient mountain wilderness becomes a violent ecotone between two worlds that cannot coexist, and we see the inevitable catastrophic clash through the eyes of a fascinating new young hero in American fiction."

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