9781627790932

Making Nice

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  • ISBN13:

    9781627790932

  • ISBN10:

    1627790934

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2/17/2015
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

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Summary


Named a book of the year by BUSTLE and ELECTRIC LITERATURE

“Alby is Holden Caulfield in the Internet age..." --Los Angeles Times

Hailed as "indelible" by Entertainment Weekly, a "cringe-inducingly funny" (The Wall Street Journal) gut-punch of a debut about love, grief, and family "unleashes one of the most comically arresting voices this side of Sam Lipsyte's Homeland" (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

In Matt Sumell's blazing first book, our hero Alby flails wildly against the world around him—he punches his sister (she deserved it), "unprotectos" broads (they deserved it and liked it), gets drunk and picks fights (all deserved), defends defenseless creatures both large and small, and spews insults at children, slow drivers, old ladies, and every single surviving member of his family. In each of these stories Alby distills the anguish, the terror, the humor, and the strange grace—or lack of—he experiences in the aftermath of his mother's death. Swirling at the center of Alby's rage is a grief so big, so profound, it might swallow him whole. As he drinks, screws, and jokes his way through his pain and heartache, Alby's anger, his kindness, and his capacity for good bubble up when he (and we) least expect it. Sumell delivers "a naked rendering of a heart sorting through its broken pieces to survive.*"

Making Nice is a powerful, full-steam-ahead ride that will keep you laughing even as you try to catch your breath; a new classic about love, loss, and the fine line between grappling through grief and fighting for (and with) the only family you've got.

*Mark Richard

Author Biography

Matt Sumell is a graduate of UC Irvine’s MFA program, and his fiction has since appeared in Esquire, the Paris Review, Electric Literature, One Story, Noon, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Punching Jackie          1
Little Things          13
If P, Then Q          21
Rape in the Animal Kingdom          23
Everything Is a Big Deal          41
Eat the Milk          54
The Block, Twice          65
American Ninja 2          75
Making Nice          81
Super Markets          85
Their Appointed Rounds          95
Rest Stop          102
Testy          112
Toast          126
All Lateral          138
I’m Your Man          164
Inheritance          172
The Cold Way Home          175
OK          183
Bugs          217

Acknowledgments          221

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