A Life of Books with Mary Kuryla, author of Away to Stay

A Life of Books with Mary Kuryla, author of Away to Stay

Mary Kuryla is the author of the debut novel Away To Stay. She has previously published a story collection called Freak Weather in 2017. Her sMary Kuryla is the author of the novel Away to Stay and the story collection Freak Weather, which was selected by Amy Hempel for the AWP Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction. Her stories have received The Pushcart Prize and the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Prize and appeared in The Paris ReviewConjunctionsAgniEpoch, and elsewhere. She is a screenwriting and film studies professor in the School of Film and TV at Loyola Marymount University.

Debutiful asked her to answer the recurring “A Life of Books” questionnaire so readers could get to know her better.

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Podcast Episode 00: Kimberly King Parsons, Melissa Rivero, John Englehardt, and Lauren Wilkinson

Podcast Episode 00: Kimberly King Parsons, Melissa Rivero, John Englehardt, and Lauren Wilkinson

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This supersized debut episode features four conversations with some of 2019’s best debut authors.

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A Life of Books with Nicholas Mancusi, author of ‘A Philosophy of Ruin’

A Life of Books with Nicholas Mancusi, author of ‘A Philosophy of Ruin’

In A Philosophy of Ruin, the debut novel by Nicholas Mancusi, a philosophy professor questions his choices, what life is about, and reevaluates his own outlook on philosophy. The professor, named Oscar, is experiencing one of the roughest patches in his life. To add to everything, he is seduced by a student who gets him caught up in a drug ring that begins to upend everything he has worked for.

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A Life of Books with Chia-Chia Lin, author of ‘The Unpassing’

A Life of Books with Chia-Chia Lin, author of ‘The Unpassing’

Chia-Chia Lin’s debut novel, The Unpassing, is a beautiful, bleak, and breathtaking story of a Taiwanese family in Alaska. As tragedy strikes the nation in the 1980s, their own home is struck by an unexpected death. The middle-child Gavin narrates the turmoil they navigate as Lin expertly crafts emotional passages and through-provoking moment.

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