A Moral Tale and Other Moral Tales

A Moral Tale and Other Moral Tales will be released on April 18, 2017, with readings to follow in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Francisco, Portland and elsewhere. Pre-order the book here.

Advance praise:

“This is an extraordinary collection of stories—a rousing call-to-arms, a diaphanous scream into the void, a nuanced celebration of our misguided hearts.  Josh Emmons has given his lucky readers a trenchant rendering of souls under siege.  Each story is an invention and invitation, a protest and a prayer, and ultimately they converge in a chorus of desperate and desperately beautiful hope.”

Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Remember Me Like This

Hilarious, strange and scarily smart, Josh Emmons' stories are filled with wisdom, precision and staggeringly beautiful sentences. Every one of these luminous tales startled and captivated me.”

Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans

One grasps for parallels to Josh Emmons’ dispatches from human experience at its most non-sequitur. His stories of psychically wayward painters, teen hookers and their haunted inheritances, junkie stunt men without any stunts left, and all the cluster-romances that play out to classical fugues, are as singular as they are irresistible, as resonant later as they are gripping now.”

Steve Erickson, author of Zeroville

This is one of the best books I've read in ages—a whip-smart and painfully lucid collection of stories, full of haunting observations and astonishing sentences. Over and over again, these stories ask what it means to make a moral judgment, without ever making that judgment for us; they resist easy explanations and obvious resolutions, and leave us in a raw and reawakened state of human clarity.”

Jess Row, author of Your Face in Mine

A Moral Tale and Other Moral Tales builds in power as it’s being read, one vital and singular narrative after another. Emmons’ stories are unsentimental but ethical, blackly humorous yet compassionate, and every page is marbled with insight. This collection is like nothing you’ll read this year or next.”

Ken Kalfus, author of A Disorder Peculiar to the Country

“With sentences of elegant and Jamesian precision, Josh Emmons creates in each of these stories entire worlds in which people try to redeem themselves, in melancholy and often hilarious fashion.”

Susan Straight, author of Between Heaven and Here

“I enjoyed and admired every page of A Moral Tale and Other Moral Tales. Josh Emmons has written an exquisitely strange and deeply intelligent suite of stories about love and desire, how we pursue, deny, and are ultimately—whether we like it or not—defined by both."

Vu Tran, author of Dragonfish  

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