Joyelle McSweeney’s Advance Praise for Nikki Wallschlaeger’s HOUSES

by Jen Tynes

We are so excited to be publishing Nikki Wallschlaeger’s first full-length book, HOUSES, in May 2005. Joyelle McSweeney writes about HOUSES:

“In my father’s house are many mansions,” Jesus promised. In her deftly-aimed, disarmingly poised debut,  Nikki Wallschlaeger leads us phrase by phrase through the many dim and brightly lit houses of our American psyche in this pitiless new century: “Hospitals. Lighted for end times. They run on glossy generators & backup generators, lights of all dreams.”  Her long lines push the phrases into tight proximities which are sometimes painful, sometimes grate up a little spark: “Neighbor, our hearts pumped blood in the same room, looking onto lakes that teenagers drown in.”  I admire the grave persistence of her vision, the precision of her eye and ear. Houses unflinchingly reports the extremity of contemporary existence and presents the “end times” as durational, as just something else to endure. “The bill, they say, is going through the house. Eventually we’ll have to get real.”

Did you know that you can pre-order our entire 2015 full-length book catalog, which includes HOUSES and also EVERY LIVING ONE by Nathan Hauke, THE JITTERS by Anne Cecelia Holmes, and HERE YOU ARE by Sara Peck and Jared Joseph for just $55? We even have a gift option.