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Death and Other Holidays

Marci Vogel


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Winner of the inaugural MIAMI BOOK FAIR/DE GROOT PRIZE for Best Novella

The fiction debut of a distinctive new American voice

Life is coming fast at  twenty-something April. All the heavy stuff of adulthood—including the death of a loved one—seems to have happened to her all at once, leaving her reeling, and challenging her wit and grit in ways she never imagined. In a stirring portrait told in keenly etched scenes, Death and Other Holidays follows April over the course of a year, with a candid insight that’s tender, playful, and sparkles with originality.

Praise For Death and Other Holidays

"Hypnotic and elegant... It's a stunning meditation on loss, love, and our powerlessness in the face of time — for better or worse, life carries on." BUZZFEED 

"[A] beautiful book...The prose is stunning..a moving and graceful novella of overcoming sorrow." —*starred* KIRKUS REVIEWS

“Short but mighty… a remarkable confluence of palpable mood, a capricious and shifting tone, and wise character studies… An original and affecting tour of family, the calendar, and the days that bind us to both.” —BOOKLIST 

"A stirring portrait told in keenly-sketched scenes... with candid insight that is tender, playful and sparkles with originality."BOOK RIOT

"Death and Other Holidays brilliantly balances humor and anger, sorrow and beauty. Vogel's subjects may be grief and death, but her writing reflects life as we live it, life with its many intricate, unnoticed balances."NPR

“A tour de force… Composed of gorgeous vignettes...Death and Other Holidays is raw, honest, and darkly humorous. Vogel’s tight prose reads like something of a diary by its immediacy, capturing the inner workings of April’s mind, and speaks to the aching young adult in all of us.” ARKANSAS INTERNATIONAL

Vogel is a master at planting improbable seeds — the ashes of a loved one; fertile words like Petaluma — and growing them into a strange and magnificent garden.” —Rivka Galchen, author of American Innovations

“Beautifully conceived and beautifully executed.  Marci Vogel is an artist in complete control of her materials.” —Percival Everett, author of So Much Blue   

“Vogel builds, with lightness and clear eyes, a vibrant world of family, love, and loss. Skillful and charming ... all made by a voice that trembles between boldness and vulnerability.” —Aimee Bender, author of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt

"Wryly appealing and quietly moving... as well as deftly constructed." Jim Shepard, author of The Book of Aron and judge of the Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize

"A gently humorous book tinged with melancholy... [an] entertaining read." THE LONDON MAGAZINE

"One of Emma Robert's favorites of the year. The perfect book for a darkly funny friend."  BELLETRIST's 2018 Gift Guide

“Poignant and affecting… It’s the sort of prose that may make you cry but over its lyrical beauty and spot-on turns of phrase.”—FULL STOP

Melville House, 9781612197364, 144pp.

Publication Date: November 13, 2018

About the Author

Marci Vogel is an award-winning writer, translator and poet. She is the author of the
poetry collection At the Border of Wilshire & Nobody. She lives in Los Angeles.

Death & Other Holidays is her fiction debut, and won the inaugural Miami Book Fair/ de Groot Prize, the only American literary award honoring the novella.