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ISBN: 978-1-62557-836-5

The Violence Almanac

Publication Date: April 2021

Praise

The Violence Almanac is a jewel of a collection–formally inventive, transgressive, darkly funny at times, deeply moving at others. The stories bring together a variety of voices and perspectives to create  a cohesive and stunning portrait of contemporary America. Miah Jeffra is a true original, and a talent to watch.
–Dan Chaon

The Violence Almanac is full of complex, flawed and wonderfully alive characters, written with empathy and honesty. Jeffra’s love for language and humanity is evident in this book, yet he demands us to face the ugliness of our society, even in the most likeable of characters. I am deeply impressed by this collection and this writer. 
–Randall Kenan

Miah Jeffra’s  brilliant stories in the The Violence Almanac seethe with life lived close to the eyes. The unrelenting gaze of the narrators, who stay perhaps too long on their subjects: from a mother, based on Andrea Yates, systematically drowning her children to her husband, fists pounding the ground; from a prostitute avenging the death of her friend to a man trying to save a fledgling pigeon–all is included in these honest, incisive stories. But the gaze is only part of it; Jeffra’s goal is understanding the meaning of his own structures, a relentless quest for the hidden, the difficult, the paradoxical. Small, subtle movements from a twitch to a swallow are interpreted as signs. That much is broken and imperfect is not overlooked; it is cause for investigation and appreciation of the tangled truths of experience. Jeffra is a hyperrealist, and the stories vibrate with pain and love.
–Maxine Chernoff 

Brilliant and daring, full of horror and tenderness, The Violence Almanac gives us the American stories we need to be reading.
–Andrew Sean Greer

About the Author

Miah Jeffra

Miah Jeffra is author of The Fabulous Ekphrastic Fantastic! (Sibling Rivalry 2020), the chapbook The First Church of What's Happening (Nomadic 2017), and co-editor, with Arisa White and Monique Mero, of the anthology Home is Where You Queer Your Heart (Foglifter 2021). Awards include the New Millennium Prize, the Sidney Lanier Fiction Prize, The Atticus Review Creative Nonfiction Prize, the Alice Judson Hayes Fellowship, Lambda Literary Fellowship, and 2019 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Outstanding Anthology. Most recent work can be seen in The North American Review, The Pinch, The Greensboro Review, DIAGRAM, The Boiler, Litro, Barrelhouse, The Forge and Interim. Miah is a founding editor of Whiting Award-winning queer literary collaborative, Foglifter Press.

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