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Astoria to Zion

March 11, 2014
Direct price: $15
Retail price: $18.95

432 pages
5.5 x 8.5 with French flaps
with a foreword by Ben Fountain




Praise for Astoria to Zion


“A killer short-story collection”
—Gina Webb, Atlanta Journal Constitution

“A superb anthology that showcases short fiction by emerging and established writers. Twenty-six tales tightrope between defined and amorphous states, while characters go to extremes to test their agendas and circumstances both ordinary and bizarre . . . The breadth of the selected tales creates a satisfying and often enthralling collection that perfectly celebrates Ecotone’s first decade.”

“There is a certain digital anxiety being acted out in this collection of fiction from Ecotone magazine’s first decade, as well as a feeling of urgency, as if the need for a short story must be argued for here and now, guided by Ecotone’s mission to reimagine the idea of place . . . The stories in Astoria to Zion recognize and struggle with the draw of the screen, which makes them all the more interesting and timely.”
Harvard Review

Astoria to Zion is a dazzling literary showcase of veterans and new voices that offers all that readers have come to expect from Ecotone. While conjuring and exploring wildly varied places, this collection stakes out a stellar one of its own.”
Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life

“I started to say what a stellar and concentrated selection of stories compose this fine book, stories full of all of our hope and danger and unease, but I’m just going to offer this simple note: this is a book I’ll hand to my friends when they want to know where the short story is thriving.”
Ron Carlson, author of Return to Oakpine

“These stories care deeply about the physical world—sea, fire, city, countryside—but their concerns also press into every corner of existence—politics, love, regret, ambition.Heirs to Whitman, the collective voices are beautiful, soulful, crushing, and intelligent.”
Rebecca Lee, author of Bobcat

“This collection is an emporium of sublime notions, glittering delights and daredevil marvels. Twenty-six stories, each fantastically conceived and sensuously wrought, burnished and durable; a superb anthology, not to be missed.”
Melissa Pritchard, author of Palmerino