What We’re Reading in August!


We’re thrilled to announce that our August Book Club selection is the debut story collection Worm Fiddling Nocturne in the Key of a Broken Heart by Kimberly Lojewski, forthcoming from Burrow Press on September 18, 2018, but available to Rumpus Book Club members in just a few weeks!

In this wildly imaginative debut collection, whimsical fairy tales of princesses and farm girls turn dark, and dark tales of mistreated sideshow freaks turn whimsical. An itinerant marionette falls prey to a lusty mesmerist. An alcoholic camp counselor is haunted by her dead best friend. A juvenile delinquent languishes in a boot camp run by authoritarian grandmas. Be they human monsters or reluctant moth-girls, the outcasts that populate these eleven compelling stories all long for escape, community, acceptance, and self-discovery.

Jeff Parker, author of Ovenman, writes of the collection:

Stories pulsing with imagination and incarnate joy… Lojewski, too, as Padgett Powell said of Barry Hannah, has her ear to the oracle hole in the ground.

Subscribe to the Rumpus Book Club by July 20 to join us in reading Worm Fiddling Nocturne in the Key of a Broken Heart, culminating in an exclusive online discussion with Kimberly Lojewski about the book!

And, through July 31, purchase a 6-month Rumpus Book Club subscription (or a yearly Letters in the Mail subscription) and we’ll send you your own signed, hardcover copy of The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon! Already have a subscription? Just extend or convert it and we’ll send you the book! Or give the gift of reading to a friend and keep the signed book for yourself! Click here to subscribe today!

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