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Book of the Week: Tumbledown, by Robert Boswell


TumbledownThis week’s feature is Robert Boswell’s new novel, Tumbledown, which was published last week by Graywolf. Boswell is the author of six previous novels, three story collections, and two books of nonfiction. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Iowa School of Letters Award for Fiction, a Lila Wallace/Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, the PEN West Award for Fiction, the John Gassner Prize for Playwriting, and the Evil Companions Award. He’s also published more than 70 stories and essays, which have appeared in such places as the New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, Pushcart Prize Stories, Esquire, Colorado Review, Epoch, and Ploughshares. He shares the Cullen Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Houston with his wife, Antonya Nelson.

In the introduction of his recent review of Tumbledown, Contributing Editor J.T. Bushnell writes:

The two words, unreliable and omniscience, hardly seem to fit together. If a narrator is all-knowing, how can that narrator be wrong about anything? Boswell’s execution of this bizarre form is provocative when it finally culminates, but that’s not the reason Tumbledown is such an absorbing read.

We’re happy to announce that we’ll be giving away a copy of Tumbledown to three of our Twitter followers. To be eligible for this giveaway (and all future ones), simply click over to Twitter and “follow” us (@fictionwriters).

To all of you who are already fans, thank you!


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