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The 10 Best Books of 2015

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Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera

Chelsea Girls by Eileen Myles

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud

I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son by Kent Russell

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Mort(e) by Robert Repino

Jillian by Halle Butler

Eve’s Hollywood by Eve Babitz

Making Nice by Matt Sumell

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From Making Nice by Matt Sumell

Making Nice

[Alby, an emotionally confused and often violent young man, explains to his father why he is attempting to nurse a baby bird back to health. -Ed.]

“Listen,” I said, “he’s helpless and he needs me and I got a thing in my heart for helpless things that need me, OK? So I’m gonna be here for him until he dies or grows into a god-damned falcon that flies around the neighborhood all day eating raccoons and dogs and little toddlers before he flies back to my forearm and takes shits. I already ordered the glove, dude–online–’cause Gary here is gonna terrorize all of Suffolk County, hunting mammals and butt-fucking seagulls.”

“Why you gotta talk like that?” he said. “You sound stupid.”

“Yeah,” I said, “people keep telling me that, but people also keep being pieces a shit that are wrong. So let me tell you something else that’ll sound stupid: right now, Gary’s stem cells are generating rods and cones for better night vision that he’ll use to bite people’s dicks off in the dark. Dudes’ dicks are in danger, Dad. And if you don’t think so, you can get right the fuck out of my bedroom!”

Making Nice by Matt Sumell goes on sale today

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HITTING SHELVES #17: Making Nice by Matt Sumell

Making Nice

Making Nice by Matt Sumell comes out today!

It’s a book of stories written in the voice of Alby, a stubbornly violent and hopelessly downtrodden young man who is mourning his mother’s death. Alby is absolutely fantastic — Matt Sumell has created one of the most memorable and pathetic characters in recent contemporary fiction, and his dysfunctional family belongs in the hall of fame for all-time literary train wrecks.

To quote from the book’s only 1-star review on Amazon (which is bullshit, because Making Nice is a 5-star book through and through, but it’s fun to use Amazon reviewers’ ignorance against them), Alby is “a turd… Not to say that the character is wholly unbelievable because I know that there are people exactly like Alby in the world and they are just as stupid.” Yes, exactly!  

We asked the author one question.

How are you celebrating the publication of Making Nice?

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