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Christopher Barzak

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Christopher Barzak is the author of the Crawford Award winning novel, One for Sorrow, which was made into the Sundance feature film, Jamie Marks is Dead. His second novel, The Love We Share Without Knowing, was a finalist for the Nebula and Tiptree Awards. His third novel, Wonders of the Invisible World, is a Stonewall Honor Book. He is also the author of Before and Afterlives, which won the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Collection. His most current novel is, The Gone Away Place. He grew up in rural Ohio, has lived in a southern California beach town, the capital of Michigan, and has taught English outside of Tokyo, Japan. Currently he teaches fiction writing in the Northeast Ohio MFA program at Youngstown State University.

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The Gone Away Place

It’s been forever and a few days since I last posted anything on my website, but I wanted to make sure to note that today my new novel, The Gone Away Place, releases from Knopf Books for Young Readers. I’m excited as always to have a new book go out into the world, where it will hopefully find the exactly right readers who didn’t know they were even waiting for it, as well as those who have been e

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"this book was so fcking good?? it was so devastating and becca’s last will and testament had me crying my eyes out. i recommended and talked about it to so many people already because i loved it so much. "
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"I myself have been through a lot of grief in the past year, while this book did not fully depict my grief. The grief shown in the book was beautifully written and honest. While i have never been into ghosts spirits and things like that this book just" Read more of this review »
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"I added this to my tbr ages ago when I was researching the Salem Witch Trials and was researching Wonders of the Invisible World by Cotton Mather and thought it sounded far more interesting. Needless to say, it was. I thought it was well written and " Read more of this review »
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An excellent sophomore followup to In Just the Right Light. This collection focuses on very short fictions, flash fictions, and prose poetry, and is as wonderful as the first collection.
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“Don’t ever put your happiness in someone else’s hands. They’ll drop it. They’ll drop it every time.”
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“Nothing is more real than the masks we make to show each other who we are.”
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“Sometimes you've got to be able to listen to yourself and be okay with no one else understanding.”
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Christopher Karin wrote: "Somehow I missed the announcement about the film for OFS going to Sundance - Amber told me. SO CONGRATULATIONS!!! We were reminiscing about reading the book at BH2003. All of this success could not..."

Thank you!! I'm sooo excited! And somewhat still in disbelief!!!


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Karin Somehow I missed the announcement about the film for OFS going to Sundance - Amber told me. SO CONGRATULATIONS!!! We were reminiscing about reading the book at BH2003. All of this success could not be more deserved!


Christopher Lettie wrote: "Hi Christopher: Thanks for the friendship add. I enjoyed your piece in Interfictions. Best,"

Thank you so much, Letti! I always love to hear when something I wrote connected with a reader!


Lettie Prell Hi Christopher: Thanks for the friendship add. I enjoyed your piece in Interfictions. Best,


Christopher My pleasure!


Pamela Hey Christopher...Thanks for accepting my friend request.


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