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Editorial Reviews


"Part post-apocalyptic novel and part coming-of-age tale, The Rending and the Nest tells the story of ordinary people struggling to understand extraordinary change. It's poignant and mournful, sexy and wry. Kaethe Schwehn is a remarkable talent with a vast and wild imagination." - Edan Lepucki, New York Times bestselling author of CALIFORNIA and WOMAN NO. 17

"It is impossible to read Kaethe Schwehn’s extraordinary, uncanny novel without placing yourself in the center of its circumstances. Because sometimes the world really does wobble on its axis and in an instant all that we know or have is gone. The only honest comfort we can claim as our own is the stories we call forth from the ruins." - Jill Alexander Essbaum, New York Times bestselling author of HAUSFRAU

"An accomplished and mesmerizing debut packed with humor and horror and grace. Kaethe Schwehn offers up a magical, unsettling vision of the future, and in doing so joins the company of such literary dazzlers as George Saunders and Margaret Atwood." - Benjamin Percy, author of RED MOON and THE DARK NET

"One of the most exciting debut novels I've ever read. It beautifully illustrates the fragility of parenthood, womanhood, and our very humanity. Surreal and precise, sharp and moving, this novel joins the ranks of other genius post-apocalyptic works like Oryx and Crake and Station Eleven. Read it and marvel." - Sharma Shields, author of THE SASQUATCH HUNTER'S ALMANAC

"A rich and passionate novel of page-turning intensity, an unflinching gaze into our deepest flaws, offering a way forward in the simplest of terms: love, community, humility and trust." - Michelle Hoover, author of THE QUICKENING and BOTTOMLAND

"A necessary and luminous story about coming to terms with a ruined world. An unforgettable novel, dazzling despite its darkness. Schwehn is a brave and brilliant writer." - René Steinke, author of FRIENDSWOOD and HOLY SKIRTS

"Schwehn’s Tailings, is, like all of my favorite contemporary nonfiction, uncategorizable--part memoir, part spiritual reflection, part reportage. Brilliant in all of its guises, Tailings only makes me want to read more by Kaethe Schwehn. She writes with fierce intelligence and luminous clarity on all of her subjects: loss, grace, this very particular village, and the hard work of renewal. Tailings is a beautiful and original book by a remarkable writer." - Rene Steinke, author of FRIENDSWOOD, on TAILINGS

"Kaethe Schwehn's poignant memoir explores longing, both spiritual and physical, community and faith, in prose that is calm, lovely, and filled with clear-eyed honesty and grace. Tailings is simply an exquisite book." - Dinty W. Moore, author of THE MINDFUL WRITER, on TAILINGS

"This is a book hard to lay aside. Schwehn's prose is liquid and intelligent. It catches your interest immediately and swings you from paragraph to paragraph and chapter to chapter. Her observations never stand still but sweep you forward into her story/memoir. She is a genuine artist." - Walter Wangerin Jr., author of RAGMAN, on TAILINGS

About the Author

Kaethe Schwehn's first book, Tailings: A Memoir, won the 2015 Minnesota Book Award for Creative Nonfiction, and her chapbook of poems, Tanka & Me, was selected for the Mineral Point Chapbook Series. In addition to holding M.F.A.s from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the University of Montana, Kaethe has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize, a Minnesota Arts Board grant, and a Loft Mentor Series award. She teaches at St. Olaf College and lives in Northfield, Minnesota.

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  • File Size: 1109 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (February 20, 2018)
  • Publication Date: February 20, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07842P4M6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,578 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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