Any Other Place (Kobo eBook)
Michael Croley is the son of a Korean mother who immigrated to rural Kentucky and married an Appalachian native. In this precisely crafted debut collection, Croley offers us a unique, complex, and thoroughly intercultural human experience. In a time when readers are increasingly interested in fiction with intersectional themes, this new collection should generate substantial interest. With galleys available in early fall, Blair hopes to obtain reviews and other press for the book, which will be an ideal follow-up to this season’s Useful Phrases for Immigrants by May-lee Chai. Croley, an NEA fellow, is considered a writer to watch within the Southern literary community where many prominent writers know him, love him, and attend baseball spring training with him. (See his essay “The Time I Played Catch with Annie Dillard,” on Lithub.) This book will have several endorsements from these writers, including Silas House (Southernmost), Richard Bausch, and others.