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Summer on the Cold War Planet: A Novel Paperback – September 3, 2015
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About the Author
Paula Closson Buck is the author of two books of poems from LSU Press. Her stories have appeared in Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and Southern Review. A former editor of West Branch, she directs the creative writing program at Bucknell University and has lived briefly in both Berlin and the Greek islands.