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"Peter Kispert's dazzling collection is a reminder that fiction tells lies in order to discover truth. Here is a confident, psychologically astute new writer with a bold new vision." —Garrard Conley, New York Times bestselling author of Boy Erased

"Kispert is unequivocally a writer to watch.” —Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of Light and Small
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Paperback, 240 pages
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Penguin Books
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Erik
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt
A collection that uses falsities to talk about truth and engages readers with a deeper connection of their own queer identities, "I Know You Know Who I Am" is a much needed first collection by Peter Kispert.

Split into three parts, each story in this collection of short stories discusses the ways in which gay men are apt to use lies to fabricate parts of themselves in order to find love, be loved, and connect with others. As you can imagine, for many of the characters in these stories, the lies
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BookedByTim
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
An excellent short story collection from a debut writer. At the heart of each of these stories is a gay character dealing with some kind of lie, whether its something they've created themselves or some other falsehood they must confront in order to move forward in their lives. It left me thinking about the intimate nature with which queer people are tied to lying - lying, at first, is how we protect ourselves, which can then lead to some kind of instilled duality between who we believe we ...more
kit!
Dec 19, 2019 marked it as unreleased
can anyone else not read this title without hearing that one song from next to normal or is that just me
Peter Kispert
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Finn told me he absolutely loved it.
R. Eric
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is exceptional. The premise of this collection is so clever--stories about liars--that I wouldn't have even minded if it was a gimmick, but fortunately for me, for all of us, it's so far from it. Kispert probes, toys with, teases, and attacks the ideas of personal truth, deception (self and other), and lies from so many angles that, taken as a whole, the collection dazzles with its insight, its daring, and its breadth of talent. These are stories, also, about relationships, ...more
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Jan 07, 2020 marked it as to-read
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I just won my first ever giveaway from goodreads, can't wait to read it! <3
Mary
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These stories so deftly explore degrees of deceit in relationships, but they're also about our desires (or fears) of being seen, the hope & vulnerability of intimacy. All of them are incredibly tender, show these characters longing for connection even when they're being bad—for example, hiring an actor to play the part of a close friend that doesn't exist to fool a sexy boyfriend. My favorite was "How to Live Your Best Life," where residents of an economically depressed neighborhood can ...more
Christopher Alonso
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories, lgbtq
Peter Kispert's stories are unsettling in that they force you to face your own insecurities through the lies we tell ourselves and run with in our own lives. An eerie, stellar first collection. I can't wait to read more.
Shayla Lawson
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with these stories. Each one is tenderly written and so heartfelt.
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Peter Kispert is the author of the debut story collection I Know You Know Who I Am, coming soon from Penguin Books (February 11, 2020). His fiction and nonfiction has appeared in OUT magazine, GQ, Esquire, Playboy, The Carolina Quarterly, Slice magazine, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of Indiana University’s MFA program, where he taught undergraduate fiction writing workshops, and serves as an ...more