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Catch, Release

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The latest electrifying collection from acclaimed novelist and short story writer Adrianne Harun.

Grand Price Winner of the Eric Hoffer Award by The Hoffer Project

It’s all about loss. Don’t kid yourself. Even a simple game of catch is hinged on the moment the ball leaves the glove, the moment it returns. Don’t even try to think this story or any other story is about something else.

In Catch, Release, Adrianne Harun’s second story collection, loss is the driver. But it’s less the usual somber shadow-figure of grieving than an erratically interesting cousin, unmoored, even exhilarated, by the…

The latest electrifying collection from acclaimed novelist and short story writer Adrianne Harun.

Grand Price Winner of the Eric Hoffer Award by The Hoffer Project

It’s all about loss. Don’t kid yourself. Even a simple game of catch is hinged on the moment the ball leaves the glove, the moment it returns. Don’t even try to think this story or any other story is about something else.

In Catch, Release, Adrianne Harun’s second story collection, loss is the driver. But it’s less the usual somber shadow-figure of grieving than an erratically interesting cousin, unmoored, even exhilarated, by the sudden flight into emptiness, the freedom of being neither here nor there. In this suspended state, anything might happen—and it does. Harun’s most realistic stories are suffused with mystery, while her more fantastic tales reveal startling truths within the commonplace. In diverse settings that include, among other places, a British Columbian island, a haunted Midwestern farmhouse, a London townhome, and a dementia care facility overpopulated with dangerously idle guardian angels, characters reconfigure whole worlds as they navigate states defined by absence.

In "The Farmhouse Wife," a young couple, struggling financially, takes up residence in a near-abandoned farmhouse, only to be joined by an inconvenient roommate, a woman whose own bereft state proves perilously seductive. A kleptomaniac father gets caught in one of his petty thefts in "Pearl Diving," propelling his two sons out of one life into another, perhaps more appropriate, one. In "Madame Ida," a family of little girls steadily invades a woman’s life as she puzzles out the mysteries of a missing sheriff-turned-cult-leader and the absence of her own son. And in the title story, two teenagers face off against the hurtful lies of an ancient con woman who is mining a widow’s grief for her own ends.

Adrianne Harun has been described as an exacting and attentive stylist whose stories are rendered in vivid language. The Los Angeles Review of Books wrote of her work: "Harun finds beauty in pitch black; she makes poetry out of brutality and grace out of terror. She is an alchemist, turning the worst aspects of life into gold." With Catch, Release, Harun upends the world once more.

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Sure to satisfy discerning readers of emotionally wise, high-quality fiction.

Animated by a fierce sense of longing, Harun's pieces expertly depict how individuals grapple with lost love, death, and uncertain futures. Each story exists within a carefully realized world—lit with detail like brilliant, bizarre snow globes—and, fueled by haunting prose, will remain gleaming in readers' minds. Masterful and varied.

Each story creates unforgettable impressions and memorable lines in a microcosm illuminated by the beauty and complexity of human emotion. Overall, this collection is as it should be—deft, deliberate, dashing, delicious, and direct.

Told in poised, often shimmering prose, these tales distress and confound... The larger, tragic landscape Harun sketches is acutely destabilizing, wonderfully inscrutable and, at moments, ravenously absurd.

Reading Harun's haunting and incandescent new story collection, Catch, Release, is also like inhabiting a strange and surprising place, one where the unexpected is sneakily placed inside the seemingly mundane.

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Pages
240
ISBN
9781421426693
Table of Contents

Lost in the War of the Beautiful Lads
The Farmhouse Wife
My Sisters
Pearl Diving
Two Girls Off Quarry Road
Pink Cloud
My Witness
Swallow
Madame Ida
Temptation of the Tutelary
A Dead Man's Land
The New Arrival
Mad

Lost in the War of the Beautiful Lads
The Farmhouse Wife
My Sisters
Pearl Diving
Two Girls Off Quarry Road
Pink Cloud
My Witness
Swallow
Madame Ida
Temptation of the Tutelary
A Dead Man's Land
The New Arrival
Madhouse
Catch, Release
Acknowledgments

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Adrianne Harun

Adrianne Harun is the author of The King of Limbo and Other Stories and A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain. She teaches at Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop and is a frequent faculty member at the Sewanee School of Letters.