The State of Kansas

The State of Kansas
Julianna Spallholz

GenPop Books, 2012
ISBN: 9780982359440
Short Fictions | 6″x8″, 100 pp | Trade paperback

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In simple, rhythmic, nail-sharp prose, the cast of unnamed characters in The State of Kansas survive a flood, brush their teeth, drink, attend a sinister dinner party, try to love others, think a lot about death (animal and human), and weigh the confusion of trying to and a place—decent or otherwise—in a big, beautiful, and often unforgiving America.

The State of Kansas is such an amazing book that I was already recommending it to people before I finished reading it. Spallholz utterly nails the way we find and create menace in apparently innocuous or homey things like bricks or piles of dishes or who really owns the cat. Her pithy pointed tales show that we’re all, despite our efforts to play nice, domestic terrorists. This book is awesome.

—Rebecca Brown, author of American Romances, The Gifts of the Body, The Last Time I Saw You, and others

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