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#PubDay (3/5/19)

A short story collection, a city missing its resident superhero, a March Indie Next pick, and a stunning exploration of the human condition…welcome to #pubday!

INSTRUCTIONS FOR A FUNERAL: Stories by David Means
Three starred reviews!
“With his debut novel, HYSTOPIA (2016), Means proved he is a gifted long-form storyteller. But his follow-up, his fifth story collection since 1991, affirms his position as one the best story writers of his generation.”–Booklist, starred review

“Means spins intricate, highly textured yarns with great artistry, care, and an acute, empathetic eye. Treasures abound.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“In this magnificent book, we find the stories of every one of us: absent and present, dislocated and connected, at the mercy of our history, our narratives.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE REIGN OF THE KINGFISHER by T. J. Martinson
“Fans of superhero tales will relish Martinson’s energetic debut…. Martinson ratchets up the tension and keeps the suspense high to the end. Readers will eagerly await his next novel.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

WHEN ALL IS SAID by Anne Griffin
A Library Journal Winter/Spring 19 Best Debut!
A March 2019 Indie Next Pick!
“Newcomer Griffin’s storytelling, while economical, is rich and evocative, and her deft pacing maintains suspense across several narrative arcs spanning multiple time lines…. Most impressive, of course, is her creation of Maurice. His voice is credible, his story absorbing, and his humanity painfully familiar. VERDICT Highly recommended; this unforgettable first novel introduces Griffin as a writer to watch.” —Library Journal, starred review

THE SILK ROAD by Kathryn Davis
“With a scope no smaller than human existence and no greater than the life span of a flea, Davis’ (DUPLEX, 2013, etc.) eighth novel navigates the territory of history, faith, family, and mortality on the backs of a caravan of cosmic siblings….. A book that stuns, almost literally, with its force and its humility. A tender book. A savage book. A once-in-a-lifetime story.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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