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PRE-ORDER: The Hungry and the Haunted

PRE-ORDER: The Hungry and the Haunted

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The Hungry and the Haunted, by Rilla Askew

**PRE-ORDER** Forthcoming Publication Date: September 17, 2024

*Pre-orders receive a free copy of Prose #21 (also by Askew) or another Prose Series installment of your choicelet us know in the order notes*

About the Book

From the author of The Mercy Seat and Fire in Beulah comes a new collection of six stories troubled by ghosts that linger in our present moment. Set primarily in eastern Oklahoma during the 1970s, The Hungry and the Haunted is Rilla Askew’s testament to young women and other outsiders navigating relationships, social change, and the power of place during increasingly precarious times. Some haunted by ancient wrongs, others yearning to escape or reckoning with primal griefs, each character wrestles with the bonds that wound them and the places that keep them tethered to their roots. This collection is not to be missed by anyone interested in questions of what becomes of our stories as we struggle to write them ourselves.

Known for her award-winning historical fiction, Askew evokes with resonant period detail the lives of earlier generations in these stories that speak to our current era of fragility and change.

About the Author

Best known for her American Book Award-winning novel about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Fire in BeulahRilla Askew has long been telling hidden Oklahoma stories. She’s the author of five novels, a book of short fiction, and a collection of creative nonfiction. She’s a PEN/Faulkner finalist, recipient of the Western Heritage Award, Oklahoma Book Award, Violet Crown Award from the Writers League of Texas, and a 2009 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 

Praise for Rilla Askew:

"Rilla Askew--a storyteller of truth and grace in all she writes, whether novel or essay--moves us to compassionately consider Oklahoma in all its faces. Oklahoma's is rough story of theft and coercion, of beauty and tenderness. In Most American, Askew teaches us to see with wiser eyes."

-Joy Harjo 

"Five generations of Rilla Askew's family have occupied southeastern Oklahoma. Celebrating this birthright, she has concocted of it her own Faulknerian kingdom. Askew is writing a mythic cycle, novels and stories that unsettle our view of the West's settling. In a continuous fictional mural populated with hardscrabble souls - credible, noble and flawed - Askew is completing the uncompleted crossing of the plains. Trusting prose that is disciplined, luxuriant and muscular, she is forging a chronicle as humane as it is elemental."

-Allan Gurganus, May 20, 2009, American Academy of Arts and Letters 

Selected Publicity:


    • Publication date: September 17, 2024
    • ISBN: 978-1-960215-17-8
    • Trim size: 8.5 in. H | 5.5 in. W
    • Pages: 160
    • Edelweiss listing

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