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Drain Songs: Stories and a Novella Paperback – 30 November 2019

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Fiction Collective Two (November 30, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573660744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573660747
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Customer reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars1 customer rating

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"Grant Maierhofer's new short fictions, while akin in their fascinating skill and totalizing spirit to his brilliant work in the novel, are nonetheless startling in their deceptively unobtrusive real lifelike presence. Drain Songs removes even more potential obstacles to his talent."
--Dennis Cooper, author of The Marbled Swarm

"In Grant Maierhofer's Drain Songs, characters stagger through each physical second, searching, struggling to comprehend lives that are long stretches of steps after steps, their voices a frantic chorus of suffering and addiction and surviving."
--Matthew Roberson, author of List and Impotent

"If you're looking for a tale of redemption or recuperation, don't read Grant Maierhofer's Drain Songs. Always, 'a young man leaves the meaning as it's getting underway.' If, however, you suspect that a more ready-to-hand language would not get it right, 'it' being the effort of the blasted mind of the addict, still wanting, still reaching for 'one more step into some kind of beyond or unknowing that makes all the monotony worth it, ' then you will find this book a revelation."
--Elisabeth Sheffield, author of Helen Keller Really Lived

"Mr. Maierhofer writes like one exploring his own nervous system armed with only a scalpel and the language of his forebears. The title novella is a galvanizing and intimate confession of an addict of the American canon of miseries, a genuinely worthy nod to Berryman and Co."
--Jonathan Lethem

"Drain Songs is witty, brutal, tender, and exquisitely unhinged. Grant Maierhofer's prose is a magnificent fire fueled by the treasures and trash of the last 100 years. It lights new paths into the darkness."
--Sam Lipsyte, author of Hark and The Ask

"Even when writing of intimacy, or of nostalgia, or of recovery, Grant Maierhofer lurks where others won't, or can't. As did Beckett's, his voice on the page click-drags rapid, eclectic paths into the brain, jarring loose ideas you didn't know were there, methods of harnessing the overlooked. Read him like a cult icon returned in phantom-form from the edge of the end of the world, because it's true."
--Blake Butler, author of 300,000,000: A Novel

About the Author

Grant Maierhofer is the author of Flamingos, Gag, Clog, and Postures. His shorter work has appeared in in Egress, 3:AM, LIT, and Always Crashing.

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