Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape (McSweeneys, 2007)

About the book

Eighty-one stories in eighty-one pages, each capturing a transformative moment. Included in One Hundred and Forty-Five Stories in a Small Box with How the Water Feels to the Fishes (Dave Eggers) and Minor Robberies (Deb Olin Unferth).


“A risky, ruminative, fiercely inward-dwelling volume. (Elle)… “Manguso condenses several dozen pages of Proust’s thoughts on subjectivity and the weirdness of waking into a paragraph about some guys named Mike and Nick. (Bookslut)… “Manguso recounts minute scenes of quiet revelation, tragicomic devastation, and internal humiliation, with a deceptively lethargic sense of urgency. (We Love You So)… “Manguso writes to the heart of a matter fiercely. Her book is full of aphoristic gut-checks. (Barnes & Noble Review)…

Selected reviews