Certain American States

Catherine Lacey

Published: 2 May 2019
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 208 pages
ISBN: 9781783782215

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Published: 6 September 2018
Trade Paperback, Demy PB
135x216mm, 208 pages
ISBN: 9781783782208

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Certain states are hard to shake, or so Catherine Lacey's characters find in these twelve tales of love, loss and longing.

A grieving wife gives away the shirts her husband has left behind. A flirtatious widow takes a honeymooning couple to see her husband's grave. A businessman working for a shadowy organization known as 'The Company', checks-in to a room in a strange and remarkable hotel.

About the author

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Catherine Lacey is the author of the novels, THE ANSWERS and NOBODY IS EVER MISSING. She has won a Whiting Award, was a finalist for the NYPL's Young Lions Fiction Award, and was named one of Granta Magazine's Best Young American Novelists. Her work has appeared in Harper's, Vogue, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Based in Chicago, she is the 2017-2018 John and Renee Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. More about the author


Lacey is playful and smart, one of a generation of American women who seem entirely unafraid‘Best Summer Books’ selected by Anne Enright



‘With a spare but poetically concentrated style, Catherine Lacey vividly captures the addled, bombed-out, wryly fuzzy perspectives of her lost and drifting characters. These are stories of mystery and brooding, wintry beautyColin Barrett, author of

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