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Liars' Asylum (Paperback) (Jacob M. Appel)

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Fiction. "Jacob Appel's acrobatic imagination is always a thrill to watch in action. These stories fly through the air and grip your heart. Appel's naturalness as a storyteller makes THE LIARS' ASYLUM a total pleasure, a collection in a league of its own. Each story—there are no duds here—engages and entertains. Each is beautifully measured and composed, populated by characters I worried for, crushed on, and hoped with."—Kelly Luce

"In this excellent collection of stories, Jacob Appel mines everything for what it is and what it might be: the ordinary, the bizarre, the poignant. The voice, regardless of the narrator, is always crisp and exuberant, in ways subtle and fresh. I could say he is a writer to watch, but actually he is publishing well and frequently. He's a writer to read."—Fred Leebron

"While the plants and ponds might be aggressively artificial in Jacob Appel's newest collection of stories, there's not a single false note when it comes to Appel's characters and their intertwined lives. Romance blooms despite vast differences in ages and circumstance, and near connections plunge into a unique melancholy optimism that will propel readers from one story to the next."—Suzanne Greenberg

"Jacob M. Appel's brilliant new story collection manages to pull off the rarest of literary feats—delivering eight fantastic stories, each as entertaining as it is philosophically rich. A book of laugh-out-loud wit braided with intellectual fearlessness, THE LIARS' ASYLUM offers delights for the mind on every page. Best of all, these irreverent, lovingly subversive stories upend dusty assumptions about what it means to be alive and allow the reader to experience her own existence with a fresh eye. A stunning book that will remain with you long after the last page is turned."—Alethea Black

"Across eight compelling stories, Jacob Appel offers us glimpses into the lives of people keeping secrets, broaching taboos, and testing the limits of their relationships. From a former teacher's suicide to an epidemic of storms that forces those caught in them to tell the truth, THE LIARS' ASYLUM beautifully and artfully exposes the mysteries and longings of the human heart."—Anne Valente

"Jacob M. Appel new collection, THE LIARS' ASYLUM, confirms his status as one of our most skillful, and appealing, practitioners of short fiction. Indeed, Appel is one of those blessed and nimble writers who, like Chekhov, can find a story anywhere. On ample display are his trademark first-person narrators (often young women), his deliciously light touch, his mastery of the 'reversal of fortune' moment. His new cast of characters includes a girl tasked with ensuring her aunt a 'beau,' an immigrant Finn who teaches us the meaning of endurance, and a ER psychiatrist dealing with a mass hysteria of truth-telling. Appel's fiction is a brilliant and reassuring example of Horace's maxim:
Number of Pages: 168
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Small Pr Distribution
Author: Jacob M. Appel
Language: English
Street Date: October 15, 2017
TCIN: 53326927
UPC: 9781625579751
Item Number (DPCI): 248-42-5110
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