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Everyone but You

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Everyone but You


By Sandra Novack

Random House, Hardcover, 9781400066810, 288pp.

Publication Date: September 13, 2011


Sandra Novack has earned great acclaim with her short fiction, which has appeared in more than thirty literary venues, including The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, and The Iowa Review. Now, in this new collection of stories, she further demonstrates her mastery of the form while exploring a universal theme: the desire for connection.

In “Cerulean Skies,” a wife must deal with her husband’s artistic calling while reexamining the loss of her own creative passion. A young woman is forced to confront the truth of her past, and its affect on her present love life, when she inherits her late dad’s possessions in “My Father’s Mahogany Leg.” In “Memphis” a man walks a delicate line between caring for his schizophrenic brother and keeping his new marriage afloat. “The Thin Border Between Here and Disaster” finds two married college professors faced with the fallout from their divorce, and a boy wrestles with his faith after the death of his mother in “Morty, El Morto.”

Fierce, sexual, and contentious, these moving tales place Sandra Novack’s prodigious talent on full display. Everyone but You illuminates the common truths behind some of the most profound moments in our lives.

About the Author
Sandra Novack's fiction has appeared in "The Iowa Review, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast," and" Mississippi Review," among other publications. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times, and holds an MFA from Vermont College. Novack lives in Chicago with her husband, Phil, and many animals.

Praise For Everyone but You

Praise for Everyone But You

"There’s a diverting blend of plaintive sex and literary references in Sandra Novack’s new story collection, “Everyone But You”. —New York Times Style Magazine

"...[A]n electrifying collection of sexy, gutsy, imaginatively compassionate stories. Her female characters are frank and assertive, even when they’re clueless, and Novack writes equally convincingly from a man’s point of view. Vividly tactile, funny, irreverent, and incisive, these stories of imperiled relationships are also richly plotted." —Booklist, starred review

Praise for Sandra Novack’s Precious

“A powerful, gracefully written, subtly startling work of art [with] echoes of Joyce Carol Oates and Anne Tyler . . . an ideal book for a book club.”—Huntington News Network
“Haunting . . . Novack infuses the suspense of a thriller into her close observation of a domestic drama.”—The Columbus Dispatch
“Arresting  . . . Novack’s characters are so sharply drawn you expect to look up from the book and see them walking down the street. . . . Novack engineers her plot so flawlessly that the reader is swept up in the flow of the story.”—Baton Rouge Advocate
“Trouble simmers beneath the surface of a bucolic Pennsylvania town in Novack’s dramatic, elegantly rendered debut. . . . [Novack] writes tellingly of the complex relationships among families, lovers, and friends.”—Booklist (starred review)

“It is surprising as only the best debut fiction can be, showing a new writer already in full command of her gifts.”—Atlanta magazine