"I love this book beyond measure."
"Margaret Malone's characters are like Miranda July's without the financial resources."
"People Like You will blow your mind, steal your heart, and leave your DNA rearranged. [Malone's] writing is brilliantly urgent and alive. The
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* A Top Book of 2015, The Oregonian *
* Required Reading of 2015, The Portland Mercury *
* A Top 20 Book of 2015, Powell's Books *
* The inaugural Late Night Library Book Club selection *
* A 35 Over 35 selection for 2015 *
With People Like You Margaret Malone delivers an assemblage of characters and quandaries all at once funny, unsettling, subtle, and moving. Malone's people exist, like most of us, in the thick of everyday experience absent of epiphanies, and they are caught off-guard or cast adrift by personal impulses even while wide awake to their own imperfections. They win us over completely although we know they are bound to break our hearts with each confused and conflicted decision they make. Each of these stories is so beautifully controlled and alive to its own truth, readers will hardly know what hit them.
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Additional Praise for People Like You:
"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 and Story Prize Spotlight Award winner
"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
"Malone's writing could be seen as a close cousin to the work of Tom Drury, Mary Robison, or Denis Johnson — stories that casually draw you in and leave you wanting more. People Like You feels like being let in on a secret that won't stay secret for long."—Joshua James Amberson, The Portland Mercury
"Hilarious, strong, visceral, and brilliant."--Connotation Press
"[People Like You] will grab you and amuse you and maybe horrify you with its wry and dark look at the small imperfections that make us human. A lovely, clear, engaging voice."--Douglas Chase, Powell's Books (Staff Pick)
"This is, beyond a doubt, some of the best fiction I’ve read all year — short or otherwise."--DAVID ABRAMS, The Quivering Pen
"I finished People Like You on a crowded red-eye and couldn’t stop thinking about Malone’s characters...With all their specific little joys and sorrows, it felt like they were sitting all around me in the dark plane, their lives as rich and circumscribed and briefly illuminated as my own."--Heavy Feather Review
"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
"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
"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 Keefe, Annie Bloom's Booksellers (Staff Pick)
"The stories in Margaret Malone's People Like You are so good—they're only-book-on-a-desert-island good. They are exactly why I read, with their sumptuous minimalism, their gorgeous, particular detail, their delicious deadpan humor, their off-kilter characters. Like the book's title, every sentence and paragraph is elegantly constructed to mean what it means and to mean more. But the main reason I'd keep this book on that desert island and go without warmth if it were the last piece of available kindling is that underneath all of Malone's delicately-honed skill is a voice so true, so absolutely you and me, bearing witness to the traumas, triumphs and tragedies of all the tiny moments of regular life."--Gigi Little, Powell's Books (Staff Pick)
"Brief, bitterly funny stories about the sort of people who tie themselves in knots in their heads and feel uncomfortable in their own skin and can never quite bring themselves to say the words they desperately need to say--which, at some point, includes all of us." --Oregon Humanities Magazine