24 SPREADS FROM SPIRITUAL INSTRUMENT PART B: THE RITUAL
Book forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms in 2015.
Our Prayers After the Fire — Now Available for Pre-order
"When I finished reading Our Prayers After the Fire I saw that my fists were clenched tight. I’d been trying to grab a fistful, punch my way in. I wanted to get inside this book, figure out how it did what it did. I felt grateful and jealous, two of my favorite emotions when reading. Now my fists are open, my palms out. Katie Jean Shinkle is a writer who makes you beg for more, more, more.”
“Our Prayers After the Fire's exquisite discontinuation lays waste to the tired turns of conventional fiction. Every sentence is a wonder here, every gesture is fresh, and Katie Jean Shinkle has given us a book that's as wacky, consecrated, and as unsettling as a fever.”
"Katie Jean Shinkle performs extraordinary feats of emotional and narrative funambulism in Our Prayers After the Fire. Her linguistic high-wire dexterity is gorgeous and devastating in equal measure. It is, in fact, the painful deadpan beauty of the prose that will knock you to your knees and allow you to feel things you may never have felt. Prepare to be happily shattered.”
The final cover of my forthcoming novel Our Prayers After the Fire (Blue Square Press)
… bloated cadaver of the bourgeoisie… I am the one in the greaser room… nazi glamour… Dear friend, I see your pig lips and your pig eyes and your pretty pink body everywhere I go. Dear Los Angeles, stop cutting yourself, I’m not you.
- Excerpt from The Sugar Book by Johannes Göransson. Read the rest here.