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Peter Mountford's debut novel A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism won the 2012 Washington State Book Award in fiction. His second novel The Dismal Science will be published in February, 2014.

After reading The Dismal Science, Sam Lipsyte wrote: "The Dismal Science is exuberant art, a deep, moving comedy about grief, guilt, and the heart's geopolitics. Mountford writes with soul and style and makes the plight of his protagonist count."

An avid traveler, Mountford has lived in Washington, D.C., New York, and Los Angeles, as well as Scotland, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, and Southern Mexico. His fiction has won numerous awards, grants and fellowships. His short stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Salon, Best New American Voices...more

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“You haven't lost Iraki, you know. I don't know if it helps to say that. I lost a friend once myself, and I know how it goes.
'He'll find his way inside you, and you'll carry him onward. Behind your heartbeat, you'll hear another one, faint and out of step. People will say you are speaking his opinions, or your hair has turned like his.
'There are no more facts about him, that part is over. Now is the time for essential things. You'll see visions of him wherever you go. You'll see his eyes so moist, his intentions so blinding, you'll think he is more alive than you. You will look around and wonder if it was you who died.
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