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I love how Henry Hoke plays fast and loose with autobiography and genre. The Book of Endless Sleepovers is wry and finely-wrought, a philosophical fever dream studded with the pleasure of proper names and surprising turns of phrase, a lyric page-turner.
-Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts
 
In his atmospheric debut, Henry Hoke maps the wild country of adolescence, the murky realm of chil/>-Maggie
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Paperback, 156 pages
Published October 31st 2016 by Civil Coping Mechanisms
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Sara
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn't read anything about what this book was like before I read it, so I was genuinely upset when the first Huck Finn section ended because I wasn't done with those characters. What was great about these micro-pieces was the way they pulled me forward, forcing me to let go of the last because the opening of the next was so good. Plus, Hoke harkens back to earlier pieces, which feels good. And though I prefer hefty dense books filled with lots and lots of words, this was an explosion of fast-p ...more
Mark
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A poetic and funny set of stories about childhood, family, homosexuality, and sex. There is a style debt to Anne Carson and to Maggie Nelson but y'know if you're going to borrow, borrow something great. My favorite was the brief and sarcastic "imagine static" that manages to capture the ache of life in the closet while pitching an escort service.
Oscar
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. "there was no excuse for not having homework / cats don't eat paper, they turn the pages at the wrong moment"
Joe Sacksteder
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My review in DIAGRAM, written in the style of Henry Hoke: http://thediagram.com/17_2/rev_hoke.html

Sample:

I told you you have to read Endless Sleepovers
if you like that chill you get hearing an embarrassing song you loved twenty years ago
for the first time since becoming smart

I told you you must avoid Endless Sleepovers and any friends who might have chanced across it
because then you'll have to start all over
Hilary Eastmure
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An entirely surprising and swoonworthy delight. It's not like anything you've read before, in the best possible way.
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Henry Hoke is the author of Genevieves (Subito Press 2017) and The Book of Endless Sleepovers (CCM 2016). Some of his stories appear in The Collagist, PANK, Winter Tangerine and Carve. He co-created and directs Enter>text, a living literary journal, and teaches at CalArts and the UVA Young Writers Workshop.