Where You Live: Stories by Andrew Roe


Andrew Roe's first novel, The Miracle Girl (Algonquin Books), was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. His fiction has been published in Tin House, One Story, The Sun, Glimmer Train, Slice, The Cincinnati Review, and other publications, as well as the anthologies 24 Bar Blues (Press 53) and Where Love Is Found (Washington Square Press). His nonfiction has been published in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon.com, and elsewhere. He lives in Oceanside, California, with his wife and three children.


Where You Live: Stories

The California of Where You Live might have sun, surf, and sand, but it’s more densely populated with cracking marriages, accidental pregnancies, and shitty jobs. Andrew Roe’s Californians face sharp points of change: Stay or go? Love or leave? Run or get stuck? Their choices, like our own, reveal life’s stark limitations and its wide-open vistas all at once.

Where You Live explores, with rare nuance, the ways we disappoint one another and ourselves. Amidst rent-hikes, ambivalent pregnancies, dead-end jobs, middle-aged sex, impulsive kidnappings, and the frailties of blood, Roe’s ordinary characters fumble through intimacy and emptiness with an extraordinary beauty that transcends their compromised lives.”
—Gina Frangello, author of Every Kind of Wanting


Finalist, LA Times Book Prize

“[An] assured debut . . . Overfamiliarity has diluted the significance of the word ‘miracle’—used to describe diets, cures, even sandwich spread—but Roe suggests that the miraculous is a perpetual human craving. The Miracle Girl is a hopeful meditation on the mysteries of faith.”
The New York Times Book Review

“[A] winning debut . . . Roe’s story feels just right for our desperate and despairing time, when a miracle—any miracle—will do . . . Lively, pitch-perfect and assured. Readers will be wanting to hear more from this writer.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Roe’s exploration of the need for belief makes for a strong debut.”

“While the novel features a cast of lovable losers and fortune’s fools right out of a Nathanael West novel, Roe’s takes on hope, faith, and our willingness to believe makes The Miracle Girl a memorable debut.”
—San Diego


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ISBN: 978-1-938126-43-7
Price: $14.95
Trade Paperback Original
240 pages
Distributed by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution
eBook ISBN: 978-1-938126-96-3