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Nobody Gets Out Alive: Stories

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Nobody Gets Out Alive: Stories

From the ​prize-winning, debut fiction author: an exhilarating virtuosic story collection about women navigating the wilds of male-dominated Alaskan society.

Set in Newman’s home state of Alaska, NOBODY GETS OUT ALIVE is a collection of dazzling, courageous stories about women struggling to survive not just grizzly bears and charging moose but the raw, exhausting legacy of their marriages and families. In “Howl Palace” --- winner of The Paris Review’s Terry Southern Prize, a Best American Short Story, and Pushcart Prize selection --- an aging widow struggles with a rogue hunting dog and the memories of her five ex-husbands while selling her house after bankruptcy. In the title story, “Nobody Gets Out Alive,” newly married Katrina visits her hometown of Anchorage and blows up her own wedding reception by flirting with the host and running off with an enormous mastodon tusk.

Alongside stories set in today’s Last Frontier --- rife with suburban sprawl, global warming and opioid addiction --- Newman delves into remote wilderness of the 1970s and '80s, bringing to life young girls and single moms in search of a wilder, freer, more adventurous America. The final story takes place in a railroad camp in 1915, where an outspoken heiress stages an elaborate theatrical in order to seduce the wife of her husband’s employer, revealing how this masterful storyteller is “not only writing unforgettable, brilliantly complex characters, she’s somehow inventing souls” (Kimberly King Parsons, author of BLACK LIGHT).

Nobody Gets Out Alive: Stories
by Leigh Newman

  • Publication Date: April 12, 2022
  • Genres: Fiction, Short Stories
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • ISBN-10: 1982180307
  • ISBN-13: 9781982180300