People Like You (Paperback)

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Aptly titled, People Like You, the debut story collection from Portland writer Margaret Malone, captures the desires, frustrations, and absurdities of modern life. Set in the Western states, these closely observed tales are told through the eyes of women, but are equally concerned with the men who share their lives. A newly engaged high school graduate takes a road trip to Reno with her fiance and his chain-smoking mom. A secretary follows her boss into the woods on a literal (and hilarious) wild goose chase. And a married couple, recurrent in three of these pieces, struggles with conceiving a child. Malone's stories burn with unfulfilled yearning and spark with the frayed connections between her exquisitely rendered characters. These are people you feel that you know. People who are so like all of us. People like you.

— Michael

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Finalist, PEN/Hemingway Award
In this marvelously funny, unsettling, subtle, and moving collection of stories, the characters exist in the thick of everyday experience absent of epiphanies. The people are caught off-guard or cast adrift by personal impulses even while wide awake to their own imperfections. Each voice will win readers over completely and break hearts with each confused and conflicted decision that is made. Every story is beautifully controlled and provocatively alive to its own truth.

About the Author


Margaret Malone is the cohost of SHARE, an artist and literary gathering, and a Dangerous Writers alumna. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Coal City Review, The Missouri Review, Propeller Quarterly, and Swink Magazine. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Praise For…


"People Like You is a powerful debut by a writer of immense talent. In stories that shimmer and burn with beauty and sorrow, generosity and wit, Margaret Malone reveals the deepest, darkest, and most illuminating truths about what it means to be human. I love this book beyond measure." —CHERYL STRAYED, author of Wild

"[A] stunningly composed debut ... deeply intimate ... reads masterfully ...The stories are crafted without feeling crafted, they tow the reader through.... Thank goodness these chronicles are not tidy, nor are the characters. ... But they're true." —Kirsten Rian, THE OREGONIAN

"Margaret Malone's characters are like Miranda July's without the financial resources: fiercely funny and keenly unhappy, and wanly persistent in their belief in their capacity to change even as they remain expert at observing, as if from afar, their own genius for self-sabotage. People Like You is
wonderful on how much we need each other and let each other down, and how despite that and against all odds we grow into loving one another."—JIM SHEPARD, author of The Book of Aron

"This is the book I am personally going to put into peoples’ hands the moment it gets born. The stories in Margaret Malone’s collection People Like You will blow your mind, steal your heart, and leave your DNA rearranged. Her writing is brilliantly urgent and alive. The biggest mouth-to-mouth resuscitation of storytelling I’ve seen in years.”—LIDIA YUKNAVITCH, author of The Small Backs of Children and
The Chronology of Water

"Margaret Malone's stories are fearless and true. People Like You is a sharp debut that leaves the reader eager with want for all the books that follow."—KYLE MINOR, author of Praying Drunk

"There are moments in Margaret Malone’s collection People Like You when it’s hard to breathe. Because People Like You are people a lot like you, disturbingly so: awkward, petty, flawed, full of hope and monotony, yearning. Malone is a master of the minimal. ... Whether it’s a dying mother at a
slot machine, a drinking pregnant mother stalking sex offenders, or a husband who’s having his prostate checked—every story is flawlessly told, the reader brought to the knees again and again by luxurious moments of intimacy and estrangement. ... And did I mention hilarious? Don’t let these wonderful stories pass you up. Margaret Malone is a name that will soon be up there with the best and brightest."—TOM SPANBAUER, author of I Loved You More and recipient of the Stewart
Holbrook Literary Legacy Award

"Margaret Malone’s masterfully constructed stories simmer with a dry, dark humor that reveals the truth of the human soul. People Like You makes good on the promise of its title, with characters who are fully formed heads and hearts and bodies struggling with loneliness, love (or lack thereof), and
who—and how—to be in the modern world."—LIZ PRATO, author of Baby's on Fire

"Malone's stories burn with unfulfilled yearning and spark with the frayed connections between her exquisitely rendered characters. These are people you feel that you know. People who are so like all of us. People like you."—MICHAEL KEEFE, Annie Bloom's Booksellers, Portland OR

"These are the best kinds of stories, little yin yangs that hold within them all that is beautiful and dull, splendid and sordid, sneaky and forthright, jaded and full of hope. Malone has tremendous powers of observation, and these detailed, plain-mouthed tales have big, beating hearts."—ROBIN ROMM, author of The Mercy Papers and The Mother Garden

"People Like You is a stunning debut. Somehow Malone manages to be both gutsy and subtle at once -- her characters are complicated, messed up in the very best way, and full of depth. Malone's prose is a gorgeous combination of lyricism and colloquialism -- a tight rope she walks with skill. People Like
You is full of people like us with all of our sorrows, fears, our wit and damage, and this debut collection deserves many, many readers and high praise!"—LISA GLATT, author of The Nakeds and A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That
Product Details
ISBN: 9780989302364
ISBN-10: 0989302369
Publisher: Atelier26 Books
Publication Date: November 17th, 2015
Pages: 150
Language: English