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Maryse Meijer for "Rag"

  • SubText Books 6 West 5th Street St. Paul, MN 55102 (map)

Due to unforeseen circumstances, tomorrow's event with Maryse Meijer has been postponed. We apologize for the inconvenience. We will be rescheduling the event, however, so stay tuned for the new date!

Join SubText Books in the store on Tuesday, February 26th at 7:00 PM for an event with Maryse Meijer! Meijer will read from her new story collection, “Rag,” a disquieting collection that traces the destructive consequences of the desire for connection. Book signing to follow!

About the book:
A man, forgotten by the world, takes care of his deaf brother while euthanizing dogs for a living. A stepbrother so desperately wants to become his stepsibling that he rapes his girlfriend. In Maryse Meijer’s decidedly dark and searingly honest collection Rag, the desperate human desire for connection slips into a realm that approximates horror.

Meijer’s explosive debut collection, Heartbreaker, reinvented sexualized and romantic taboos, holding nothing back. In Rag, Meijer’s fearless follow-up, she shifts her focus to the dark heart of intimacies of all kinds, and the ways in which isolated people’s yearning for community can breed violence, danger, and madness. With unparalleled precision, Meijer spins stories that leave you troubled and slightly shaken by her uncanny ability to elicit empathy for society’s most marginalized people.

About the author:
Maryse Meijer is the author of the story collection Heartbreaker (FSG, 2016), which was one of Electric Literature’s 25 Best Short Story Collections of 2016. Her work has appeared in MeridianPortland ReviewWashington Square ReviewIndiana Review, and actual paper. She lives in Chicago.

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