>SLQ Contributor News – Barry Graham’s The National Virginity Pledge

>Now available: The National Virginity Pledge—Short Stories and Other Lies by Barry Graham


Praise for The National Virginity Pledge!

“Barry Graham’s heroes want to love, yet bigger than their love for people and things is their capacity to destroy the objects of their affection. He doesn’t scorn them, though; he treats them with care and a loving tenderness. He turns grief, betrayal, and violence into something close to poetry, and finds beauty in places we should never wish to visit.” Stefan Kiesbye, Next Door Lived a Girl (Low Fidelity Press)

“…with its clipped, achingly real dialogue, and its effortless and vivid description, it achieves a relentless undercurrent of: ‘Look closer: there is more.'” Mary Lynn Reed, 5 Star Literary Stories

“Barry Graham’s stories are little cries for help from way in the corners and deep in the cracks of contemporary fiction.” Jeff Parker, Ovenman (Tin House)

“Barry Graham’s writing hits hard because it is raw and honest. He will suck you in with equal parts everydayness and voyeurism.” Aaron Burch, Hobart: Another Literary Journal

“…it remains a funny, reckless, fast paced, and edgy voice from beginning to end.” Dan Wickett, Emerging Writers Network


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