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Semi-Finalist for the 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom Novella Competition

"When I Return To You, I Will Be Unfed is a poignant, gritty exploration of mental illness and one man's search for a safe haven. Bowen's unflinching prose grips the reader and he doesn't let go until the final, perfect beat of the narrative. This book may be short in length, but it will remain with the reader
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David
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is like getting run down by an unassuming freight train. It's straightforward yet conveys that confusion and skewed reality, dulled in some places while overwhelmingly intense in others. Amazing to see it all happen in so short a space. It leaves you breathless and raw, yet smiling.
Tracy
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bowen's work is beautiful and mysterious. There is longing and fractured reality. The saddest mix.

"I think of college and miss it. I miss everything bright." (35)

Out of context, it sounds like everything I miss about college. The brightness, the potential. In context, it is much more: defining the self while within mental illness.

As Mendelsohn writes in their review, the book is memorable and unclear, but sings complexity.

The reader and writer weave: "She moves over me, takes control, and
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Bill Soldan
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a daring tale that explores a topic many have endeavored but few have rendered with such audacity and grace. Mental illness is hard to write about, even harder to endure. But Christopher Bowen lays it bare for us in a condensed form that is as much poem as story, as much novel as poem. You don’t encounter such a gem on a daily or even yearly basis, but when you do, it makes you grateful for a great number of things. This story made me give thanks, as a reader and as a human being who ...more
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Christopher Bowen is the author of the chapbook We Were Giants, the novella When I Return to You, I Will Be Unfed, and the non-fiction, Debt. He blogs from Burning River and has traveled throughout the U.S.