Man & Wife


By Katie Chase

From Twilight Zone suburbia to cities on fire to post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan, these award-winning stories range over unexpected landscapes—and land squarely in the wildness of the human heart.

Publication Date: May 10, 2016

Paperback: 9780989275989

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This bracing, intelligent debut tackles the strangeness of growing up, the joys and difficulties of breaking away from family, and our sometime absurd or downright dangerous rites of passage. The girls and women in these stories come up against the rules and roles that give shape to their worlds. As marriages are arranged over tea, blood feuds simmer beneath football games , and the rules of  a city burn, they struggle between holding onto their families and seeking out new ways to live and love.

These stories ask, as our hands slip from the long line of tradition and we become refugees from home, what, if anything, is lost. And how is that what we thought we’d let go keeps finding its way back?

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“Katie Chase’s stories have a rhythm, a form, and a mesmerism all their own.”—Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Brief History of the Dead

“Toggling between the comic and the horrific, these brilliant stories rearrange the familiar into something more nuanced, fraught, and mysterious.”—Edan Lepucki, author of California

“With sharp, confident consideration of what it takes to survive in the world as a woman, Man and Wife introduces an important new literary voice.”—Danielle Evans, author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

“Katie Chase’s narrators sound like the girl-next-door…if you lived next door to a parallel universe.”—Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl

“Captivating, haunting, and eerily smart. Every story in this collection gave me chills. Katie Chase is one of a kind.”—Jennifer DuBois, author of Cartwheel

“An imagination worth watching.”—The New York Times