Amy Long has woven the complex threads of need, love, pain, and attachment into a stunningly beautiful and gripping collection. This is a necessary and resonant book, finely wrought and boldly presented.
Sonya Huber, author of Pain Woman Takes Your Keys
Against all the easy recovery narratives, against all the Opioid Crisis Hand-Wringing, stands this heart-stopping book–ferociously written, powerfully felt, absolutely persuasive in its extraordinary nakedness, bravery, and gallows humor. Brilliant.
David Shields, author of Reality Hunger and The Trouble with Men
Vividly drawn, disarmingly forthright, and darkly seductive, Amy Long’s Codependence redefines what it means to take drugs, fall in love, and belong to a family. Exhibiting a mastery of narrative form and structure while documenting one woman’s attempt to articulate her pain–as well as the lengths she will go to eradicate it–this book represents a stunning and singular debut.
Matthew Vollmer, author of Permanent Exhibit
My manuscript, Codependence: A Novel in Essays, won Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s 2018 Essay Collection Contest, judged by Brian Blanchfield. Codependence will release as an actual book in actual stores on September 10, 2019.
I’m so excited to work with CSU Poetry Center (which has published books including Lily Hoang’s A Bestiary, James Allen Hall’s I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well, and Shaelyn Smith’s The Leftovers as part of their essay contest series); honored to have won, especially after seeing the finalist and semi-finalist lists (Jill Talbot! Suzanne Scanlon! Julie Marie Wade! Adam Fagin!); and humbled that Brian picked my manuscript since his book Proxies was probably my favorite essay collection of 2017. Thank you, Caryl, Hilary, and Brian. I’m also indebted to my peers and advisors at Virginia Tech; I started writing Codependence in Matthew Vollmer‘s 2014 Creative Nonfiction workshop, and I don’t think I could have done it without him.
Congratulations, too, to Oliver Baez Bendorf and Anne Lesley Selcer, who won the poetry competitions.
I will keep you updated here. I guess I have to start using my website more!