“Scanlan writes about ordinary life in extraordinary ways by compacting it radically, like pressurizing carbon into diamonds. When Sonia describes the force absorbed by a single hoof in every stride of a horse’s gallop—‘a thousand pounds of pressure held up by that one thin leg’—she could also be describing Scanlan’s syntax: compact phrases holding so much pressure. The work is structured by recurring themes: the violence and pleasures of intimacy, the balm and exhaustion of hard work, our bonds with animals and with our own animal natures—those surges of desire and aggression that unseat and rearrange us.” —Leslie Jamison, The New Yorker
We are delighted to invite you to join us at Stories Books Wednesday, January 11th at 7pm PST to celebrate Kathryn Scanlan’s Kick The Latch. Kathryn will be alongside Ashton Politanoff, author of the newly released You’ll Like It Here.