Seven Stories Press is releasing my third book, "Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country," in May, 2017.
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"This is one of the best short story collections I've read in years, and it should be required reading for anyone who's trying to understand America in 2017."
—Paul La Farge, author of The Night Ocean (Penguin)
It's "Murakami meets the meth heads. Reader, you have never before seen anything like this."
- Samantha Hunt (National Book Foundation Award Winner)
"Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country” paints a vivid image of the bizarre characters that live on the fringes in America’s heartland. They don't do what you expect them to do. These aren't typical stories of triumph over adversity, but something completely other.
The eight stories in this literary collection present a brilliantly surreal and sardonic landscape and language, and offer a periscope into the heart of the rural poor.
Until May, you can pre-order the book tax free, and at a discount, here:https://www.gofundme.com/gothinthecountry
“Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country," is a 200 page hardcover, which is being released by Seven Stories Press in May, 2017 (distributed by Random House). It will retail for $25 (with tax) in stores, and you can pre-purchase it here tax free, at a discount, for $20.00 per copy, or select from one the reward packages, some of which include first edition copies of my two previous books.
Proceeds from the pre-order campaign goes directly to me, the author, to help fund the costs of the book tour not covered by the press. For a discounted price of $20, you will receive a signed hardcover copy of the book in the mail, just prior to its release in stores.
"Chavisa Woods' Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country is part Flannery O'Connor, part Kelly Link: darkly funny and brilliantly human, urgently fantastical and implacably realistic."
Among the singular characters in this collection, you'll meet: a “zombie” who secretly resides in a local cemetery; a queer teen goth facing ostracism from her small town evangelical church; a woman who leaves New York City once a year to visit her little brothers in the backwoods Midwest, only to discover they’ve been having trouble with some meth dealers and UFOs that trouble the area. In the backdrop of all the stories are the endless American wars and occupations, overshadowed, for these characters, by the many early deaths of their friends and family, that occur regularly, for a whole host of reasons.