• Quick Kills, the latest novel by Lynn Lurie is out on Etruscan Press, Fall 2014

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  • Corner of the Dead, a novel by Lynn Lurie

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Quick Kills

Lynn Lurie is the author of Corner of the Dead, winner of the 2007 Juniper Prize for Fiction, University of Massachusetts Press (2008) and Quick Kills, Etruscan Press (2014 — Purchase on Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com).

Review for Quick Kills:
"Quick Kills is terrifying. In vivid snapshots, this small book chronicles a life too immense and wrong to be made okay. The threat of men is everywhere. You won't be able to stop reading, and you'll ache for the narrator to be safe, for everything and everyone in her past to be undone." -David Vann, author of Goat Mountain

Review for Quick Kills:
"In deft, seemingly effortless sentences that give us neither too much nor too little, a girl intensely scrutinizes herself and her family, not always sure of what she's really seeing, but knowing enough to be afraid. Filled with quiet menace, Quick Kills is a clearheaded and merciless examination of the damage that shapes us, for better and for worse."
-Brian Evenson, author of Immobility

Review for Corner of the Dead:
"corner of the dead is keen and passionate -- a sexually alive elegy. lurie's hypnotic language is as subversive as Seuss in its indictment of racism, bullies, and demagogs. a stunning debut."
fran gordon, author of paisley girl

Review for Quick Kills:
"Lynn Lurie's Quick Kills is fraught with lessons, not least among them this: if the heart is a lonely hunter, what it tracks can never be helped. But loneliness itself, we also learn, is never really alone. It runs hand in hand with fear, which, most of all, is what this book is about. In this ruthless examination of a family's corrosion beneath the shadow of secrets and lies, Lurie takes us, sentence by sentence—through the mind of a girl who somehow finds a way past the horrors inside so seemingly harmless a thing as a seashell or beach ball—deeper into menace, lower into vice, farther into dark. Lines lose meaning in this world. Boundaries don't exist. What we think we see might be what is, but at every turn, we have to look again. Where is shelter? Where is safety? What does it mean to trust? I'd say not to read this book unless you're ready to see, yet that would prevent my saying how much you'd otherwise lose. You must absolutely read this book." -D. Foy, author of Made to Break

Review for Corner of the Dead:
"Lynn Lurie's report about political aberration and organized cruelty is an eloquent appeal for compassion and solidarity with their victims."
-Elie Wiesel

Review for Corner of the Dead:
"In this haunting, powerful novel, Lynn Lurie explores not only 'the corner of the dead' but that entire shadowy no-man's-land where the dead and those who remember them—or more accurately, those who cared enough to try to save them—play out the elemental trauma of their shared experience. Lurie's strong, spare prose will stay with you long after the reading; the truths she tells of life and death in one of the hardest places on earth will stay with you even longer."
Ben Fountain, author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara:Stories

Review for Corner of the Dead:
"An extraordinary account of one woman's journey into hell and how she brought it back with her. Written in Lynn Lurie's wonderful, exact prose, this book small in size is enormous in content, a dizzying look at appalling horrors, a terrifying depiction of what human beings are capable of doing to each other, an investigation into the worth of a human life. Corner of the Dead is a very moving, gutsy, urgent book."
Edward Carey, author of Observatory Mansions

Review for Quick Kills:
"Spread your hair above your head like a halo," insists The Photographer. Then he gets her. Each tense vignette in Quick Kills is a photo of quiet terror; the girl nude is everywhere and flayed. Like Nobel-winner Herta Muller, Lurie dissects, with terse particularity, the destruction of a girl-child, image by image. A book of great courage."
-Terese Svoboda, author of Bohemian Girl

Review for Quick Kills:
"Quick Kills is a chronicle of bewilderment sprung from the terrible want to be wanted, the paralyzing flux of allegiances that keeps us pinned where we ought not be. Girls go missing as readily as shoes in this darkly suggestive novel; nobody's paying much attention but the predators, who are everywhere and swift. the reader is left to navigate by images, flashes in the dark- a drawer stuffed with frogs, a spatter of blood, a child in an empty swimming pool. Lurie insists that we look, keep looking, make beauty from the ruin, and live." -Noy Holland, author of Swim for the Little One First