Live Stream: Ashleigh Bryant Phillips in conversation with Juliet Escoria

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Ashleigh Bryant Phillips is from Woodland, North Carolina. Her debut collection, Sleepovers, won the C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review, The Oxford American, and elsewhere.


This collection takes us to a forgotten corner of the rural South, full of cemeteries, soybean fields, fishing holes, and Duck Thru gas stations. We meet a runaway teen, a mattress salesman, feral kittens, an elderly bachelorette wearing a horsehair locket, and a little girl named after Shania Twain. Here, time and memory circle above Phillips' characters like vultures and angels, as they navigate the only landscape they've ever known. Corn reaches for rain, deer run blindly, and no matter how hungry or hurt, some forgotten hymn is always remembered.

One of the New Yorker's "What We're Reading This Summer" * A Millions Most Anticipated Book (June) * A Goop15 May 2020 Feature * One of Apartment Therapy's "7 Must-Read Books Everyone Will Be Talking About This Summer" * One of Debutiful's "9 Books You Should Read This June" * A Publishers Weekly "Upcoming Indie Press Books" feature

Hailed by Lauren Groff as "fully committed to the truth no matter how dark or difficult or complicated it may be," and written with "incantatory crispness." 

Juliet Escoria is the author of the poetry collection WITCH HUNT and the story collection BLACK CLOUD. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, the writer Scott McClanahan.


This portrait of a young teenager's fight toward understanding and recovering from mental illness is shockingly honest, funny, and heartfelt.

"Dazzling..."—The New York Times

Voted MOST ANTICIPATED NOVEL of 2019 by both Bustle and Nylon

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Sleepovers: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938235665
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hub City Press - June 16th, 2020

Juliet the Maniac: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612197593
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Melville House - May 7th, 2019