Monday, April 25, 2011

You Are My Heart and Other Stories: Jay Neugeboren

Next week we're out with Jay Neugeboren's fourth collection of stories: You Are My Heart. The stories included in the collection have appeared in an esteemed crop of literary magazines, such as The Notre Dame Review, Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Columbia Magazine, Hadassah Magazine, and Black Clock.

Madison Smartt Bell says: "The stories in Jay Neugeboren's new collection are astonishingly good, each one fresh, startling, sometimes shocking in its originality -- with a complex and subtle substructure binding the whole group together."

Jim Shepard says: "Jay Neugeboren's You Are My Heart is an object lesson in imaginative empathy and observational intelligence. His fiction for years now has had the courage to be quiet and careful and comprehensively humane, but it's in no way slight. One of his great subjects has been the damage that even the most caring and thoughtful can inflict, and though these stories take place all over the world, they're at heart about the difference between the America to which we aspire and the America in which we live."

Here, also, are some upcoming readings in the NYC area:
Tuesday, May 3 @7pm - 192 Books
192 Tenth Ave @21st St.

Thursday, May 19 @7pm - BookCulture
536 W. 112th St. @Broadway

Thursday, June 23 @7pm - BookCourt
163 Court St. (b/t Pacific & Dean)

Over the course of the next two weeks, we'll be posting articles by Jay that have been published throughout the years. The pieces discuss accumulating rejection notes before finally finding success, his father's hindered eyesight, and his own quintuple bypass. We hope you enjoy.

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