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ISBN (paperback): 978-1-932870-37-4
About the Book
Winner of the 2009 Autumn House Fiction Contest, selected by Sharon Dilworth
The central characters of these remarkable stories are oddly ordinary and inordinately odd: that is to say, they are each uniquely qualified to speak for life outside of fiction. Pitt allows them to build the worlds they inhabit from their very particular understandings of what life is, thus endowing their narratives with unpredictable outcomes, and startlingly unexpected revelations along the way. Attention Please Now is a collection possessed of a genuine fictional beauty.
— Chuck Wachtel
A remarkable debut by a brilliant young writer.
The world in these taut, finely wrought stories is and is not the world we know. Pitt pushes his characters to the edge of the possible with a fabulist’s eye for the strange, potent detail and the realist’s sure grasp of human emotion. A piquant, funny, original debut.
About the Author
A native of St. Louis, Matthew Pitt is a graduate of Hampshire College and NYU, where he was a New York Times fellow. His first book of fiction, the short story collection Attention Please Now, won the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, and was published in March 2010. Matt’s fiction has appeared, or soon will, in Oxford American, The Southern Review, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, New Letters, Best New American Voices, and elsewhere. Stories of his were cited in the Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and Pushcart Prize anthologies, and have earned awards from the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Santa Fe Writers Project, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the Salem College Center for Women Writers. He has received fellowships and scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, and has taught at NYU, Penn State–Altoona, and the Bronx Writers’ Center. You can visit his website at www.matthew-pitt.com.