Hold the phone, kick down the door, and yell from the rooftops of all those American blue-collar towns that give birth to so many of our artists: a new one is among us, and his name is Anthony D’Aries. This man writes like Charlie Parker played the alto sax, with grit and verve and a willing free-fall into hard-won, illuminated truths. The Language of Men is a profoundly important book by a major new talent!”
Andre Dubus III, author of Townie: A Memoir
“Meg Kearney is a deft magician...It’s amazing what she does with the presences and absences--people who aren’t quite there anymore remain potently everywhere--as Lizzie’s life unfolds. This book is a generous gift.”
Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Transfer
Anthony D’Aries received the 2010 PEN/New England Discovery Award in Nonfiction. He is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program and currently teaches literacy and creative writing in correctional facilities in Massachusetts.
Meg Kearney is the author of The Secret of Me--the acclaimed novel that introduced Lizzie McLane--and two collections of poetry for adults, most recently, the award-winning Home By Now. She is Director of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. (ablachly)