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Avery Colt is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar (Nilsen Prize for a First Novel Winner)

Ron A. Austin


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Austin’s semi-autobiographical, linked story collection follows the misadventures of Avery Colt as he struggles to survive in North St. Louis alongside his family. Learning the best way to slaughter a goat, rebuilding his family’s corner market, and reckoning the weight of a revolver are a few of the challenges Avery faces. As he matures through each page, Avery takes control of his circumstances and attempts dangerous feats of alchemy. Charged with urgency and emotion, Austin’s prose faithfully renders a community determined to overcome crisis with strength, dark humor, and plenty of heart.

Southeast Missouri State Univ Press, 9781732039919, 172pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

About the Author

Ron A. Austin holds a MFA from the U. of Missouri-St. Louis and is a 2016 Regional Arts Commission Fellow.