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by Sam Savage

Genre: Literature

Published: 2014

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Newsweek's Favorite Books of 2014
Praise for Sam Savage:
Winner of the O. Henry Prize for "Cigarettes"
Sam Savage manages to be both artful and literal-minded in this faux autobiographical tale of childhood and a mother afflicted and finally driven mad by her wish for artistic success. Savage writes knowingly about the uncertainties of childhood memory, but creates a convincing world of sibling combat and adult pretension. A wonderful, absorbing novel. C. Michael Curtis, Fiction Editor, The Atlantic Monthly
If the worldall its hysteric noisewas muted for just one minute, Sam Savage is what you might be fortunate enough to hear. His elegant laconism, his leaps across the self-evident, his soft aplomb, and the rarified air he bestows upon the mundane make him the only American writer worthy of the label the true eccentric."*Valeria Luiselli
It Will End With Us is Sam Savage s latest deep dive into the mind and voice of a character, and his most personal work yet. Brick by textual brick, his narrator, Eve, builds a memorial to the mother who raised her, emotionally abandoned her, and shaped her in her own image. Eve s memories summon a childhood in rural South Carolina, a decaying house on impoverished soil, and an insular society succumbing to the influences of a wider world. It Will End With Us is a portrait of a place full of hummingbirds and wild irises, but also of frustration and grief. It is the story of a family tragedy, provoked by a mother s stifled ambitions, and seized by the wide-open gaze of a child. Rarely has a novel so brief taken on so much, so powerfully.
Sam Savage is the best-selling author of * Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan
Lowlife, The Cry of the Sloth, Glass, * and The Way of the Dog*, all from Coffee
House Press. A finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
Award, Savage holds a PhD in philosophy from Yale University and resides in
Madison, Wisconsin.
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