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The Protester Has Been Released Paperback – April 15, 2017
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"This is a profound book and necessary to the times we are living in now. Sarbanes explores the boundaries between ourselves and animals and Americans and the wider world in ways that illuminate the true issues behind the false ones. We need this book now."
--Danzy Senna, author of Caucasia and You Are Free
"Exploring the subtle and not-so-subtle disjunctions between the so-called animal and the so-called human world, between police and citizens, between the president and its electorate, between rich and poor, and between humans and the world,The Protester Has Been Released is a funny, humane, and scalpel-sharp collection. Only after you finish do you realize how close these worlds are to our own, and how implicated you are."
--Brian Evenson, author of A Collapse of Horses
"The Protester Has Been Released" gives yet more proof that Janet Sarbanes is a comic genius. She's also some other kind of genius: these stories and novella range over broad territory, but in every case, Sarbanes is artful, precise, and prescient. Unfortunately, her apocalypse is ours, too. But as the end approaches, she's terrific company."
--Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers
"The Protester Has Been Released is a spectacular and subversive collection, made even more so by its deceptive calm and supremely wry style. Its humor and range are first-rate; its political subjects utterly timely (for better or worse); its wisdom profound, especially as it feels earned off-road; its inventiveness and shrewdness apparent in every sentence, in every story."
--Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts
"The characters in these stories feel familiar, even in the most extreme situations, because they struggle with issues of vulnerability and being unable to act or to be heard. They turn to art, language, and hope, and even when they fail, Sarbanes shows that there is always beauty and sometimes humor in the trying."
-- Publisher's Weekly
About the Author
Janet Sarbanes is the author of the short story collection ARMY OF ONE (Otis Books | Seismicity Editions, 2016), hailed by BOMB as a "stingingly funny fiction debut." Her newest collection is THE PROTESTER HAS BEEN RELEASED (C & R Press, 2017). Recent short fiction appears in Black Clock, P- Queue, Entropy and North Dakota Quarterly. Sarbanes has also published art criticism and other critical writing in museum catalogues, anthologies, and journals such as East of Borneo, Afterall, Journal of Utopian Studies and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at CalArts.
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