IT WILL END WITH US

Sam Savage

Included in Library Journal’s “25 Key Indie Fiction Titles, Fall 2014-Winter 2015″

A meditation on memory and futility among the ruins of artistic ambition, family myth, and the fall of the South.

Savage’s latest novel dismantles the mythic greats of the past—an American South that never was, and a mother’s artistic pretensions that never should have been. In the story of Eve, Savage finds a voice that captures both the frustrations of our degraded world and the tender sympathy it evokes for all our sad efforts to leave something beautiful behind.

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Included in Library Journal’s “25 Key Indie Fiction Titles, Fall 2014-Winter 2015″

A meditation on memory and futility among the ruins of artistic ambition, family myth, and the fall of the South.

Savage’s latest novel dismantles the mythic greats of the past—an American South that never was, and a mother’s artistic pretensions that never should have been. In the story of Eve, Savage finds a voice that captures both the frustrations of our degraded world and the tender sympathy it evokes for all our sad efforts to leave something beautiful behind.

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  • Coffee House Press
  • Paperback
  • November 2014
  • 150 Pages
  • 9781566893725

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About Sam Savage

Sam Savage is the best-selling author of Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife, The Cry of the Sloth, Glass, and The Way of the Dog. A native of South Carolina, Savage holds a PhD in philosophy from Yale University. He was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the PEN L.L. Winship Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Award. Savage resides in Madison, Wisconsin.

Praise

A Southern childhood in duskier, Tennessee Williams times, offering an aphoristic scattering of memories—one- and two-sentence stand-alones that spill isolated down the page like little gems. . . showing us how memory works and how we make sense of our lives, drip by drip and sensation by sensation.”—Library Journal

Savage’s lean, meditative novels, so meticulously pitched and poised, eschew the bloated excess and garish dazzle that can mar those from writers half his age. . . In Savage’s novel, or Eve’s “inventory of tiny things,” it is the small, fleeting and quiet details that speak volumes.—Star Tribune

Sam Savage, once more, elicits our admiration and aesthetic appreciation for reminding us not to be complacent, and to interrogate what Eve terms the ‘inner reaches’—our inner selves—and what we believe, in a compact with others, to be the real world.”—Numero Cinq

Sam Savage manages to be both artful and literal-minded in this faux autobiographical tale of childhood and a mother afflicted and finally driven mad by her wish for artistic success. Savage writes knowingly about the uncertainties of childhood memory, but creates a convincing world of sibling combat and adult pretension. A wonderful, absorbing novel.—C. Michael Curtis, Fiction Editor, The Atlantic Monthly