Now You See It . . .

Stories from Cokesville, PA

Bathsheba Monk

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A Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year
 
Welcome to Cokesville, Pennsylvania. This is coal-and-steel country, the sort of place where an inch of soot on the windowsill means a regular paycheck--and two inches means a fat one. Where the only way to drown out the moaning of the cooling steel is to turn your radio up. And the best make-out spot in town is next to the burning slag heap. In seventeen captivating interlocking stories, Bathsheba Monk brings to life the fictional American town of Cokesville.

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"A sublime and deadpan debut that cocks an eyebrow and reminds us that it is never a light thing, this leaving home, though we all must try."--Esquire
 
"Bathsheba Monk is a writer I'll be talking about when I talk about brilliant new writers. Now You See It . . . is the work of an imaginative, funny, and electrically gifted storyteller."--Tim O'Brien, author of The Things They Carried
 
"The stories use deadpan humor to combat a sense of hopelessness and economic futility."--The New Yorker
 
"A sassy, hard-boiled book of stories, some of which will break your heart . . . Monk's Cokesville stories convincingly span more than forty years of coal dust and hard living. . . . All of the stories are touching, some profoundly so."--The Buffalo News
 

"Inventive, unsentimental, Monk is a grassroots artist who honed her craft at the school of hard knocks. Her sense of place resonates in tune with her feisty sense of self."--The Boston Globe

 

"Monk is a terrific writer. . . . Like the soot in Cokesville, there is blackness to Monk's writing, but she is so funny that her fierceness sneaks up and smacks us from behind. . . . An important new voice in American fiction."--The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)


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Bathsheba Monk

Bathsheba Monk was born to a family of Pennsylvania coal miners. After being discharged from the Army, she lived in Europe. She recently settled in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she is writing her second book.

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Now You See It . . .
Stories from Cokesville, PA
Bathsheba Monk

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
November 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312426101
ISBN10: 0312426100
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$17.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Sarah Crichton Books
November 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429967389
ISBN10: 1429967382
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$7.99
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