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Jamie Quatro’s debut novel, FIRE SERMON (Grove, Jan 2018) is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and an Indie Next pick for spring 2018. Her 2013 collection I WANT TO SHOW YOU MORE was a New York Times Notable Book, NPR Best Book of 2013, Indie Next pick, O, The Oprah Magazine Summer Reading pick, and New York Times Editors’ Choice. The collection was named a Top 10 Book of 2013 by Dwight Garner in the New York Times and a Favorite Book of 2013 by James Wood in The New Yorker, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize.

Quatro’s fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, Vic
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Fire Sermon

3.54 avg rating — 2,237 ratings — published 2018 — 19 editions
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I Want to Show You More

3.66 avg rating — 1,424 ratings — published 2013 — 13 editions
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"I read this only because my contemporary fiction book Guru and dear friend, Susan, loved it so much she would "give it a billion stars" if she could. I would never have picked up this book otherwise.

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"I'll probably never recommend this book, but I loved it!"
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"A gorgeous book, thick with meaning and strung together with such glorious prose. "
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“An explosive wallop of a book and a glorious portrait of a beautiful mind. The Shapeless Unease is bright and electrifying, completely reasoned and wildly unhinged. Reading it, I feel on precipice-edge while also knowing I’m in the safest of intelle ...more
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Places I've Taken My Body by Molly McCully Brown
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"I want to press this book into the hands of everyone I know. Writing from the locus of her own constantly changing, often intractable body, Molly McCully Brown captures the fullness of the human experience — desire, loss, flesh, faith, poetry, place
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“In the support group, the counselor had said: When you lose a loved one, you feel as if you're inside a confined space. Everyone else will seem to be careening along outside of this space. In time, you will become aware of an opening you are going to have to step through. It might be the touch of a new lover, a new job, a move--but you'll know. You will step through.”
Jamie Quatro, I Want to Show You More

“C. S. Lewis says that if we were able to return to the locus of our nostalgia, the place or person or spot of time in which we experienced joy, we would find only more nostalgia. As far back as we could go—a view from a childhood window, patterned light on a nursery wall—we would find only an unsatisfied desire that is itself more desirable than any other satisfaction. An indication not of the illusion of our existence, but of its ultimate reality elsewhere. A home we once knew but can’t quite remember, to which we will someday return.”
Jamie Quatro, Fire Sermon

“Raised in love, money, and the certainty of God’s favor—money the indication of God’s favor, an idea so insidious she won’t recognize it till she’s in her forties.”
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