Sunday, April 15, 2012

Josip Novakovich's essay collection, Shopping for a Better Country

Ready to ship today in both print and eBook form from the Dzanc site (and eBooks at Amazon) is Josip Novakovich's essay collection, Shopping for a Better Country.

Shopping for a Better CountryPraised roundly for his fiction, Novakovich has quietly been writing some of the finest essays on war, sex, death, friendship, and immigration. The New York Times has described his work as having "the crackle of authenticity, like the bite of breaking glass." Novakovich, who is now working at becoming a citizen of his fourth country (Yugoslavia, Croatia, United States, and now Canada), reveals himself to be a master of nearly as many forms (the story, the novel, the essay) as passports that bear his name.

Josip Novakovich teaches creative writing at Concordia University in Montreal and has published Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust (Harper Perennial, 2005), April Fool's Day (HarperCollins, 2004--published in ten countries, including UK, Turkey, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Hungary), two story collections, Yolk (Graywolf Press) andSalvation and Other Disasters (Graywolf Press), a collection of narrative essays, Apricots from Chernobyl (Graywolf Press), and has been anthologized in Best American Poetry (1997).