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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: MELVILLE HOUSE PUBLISHING (24 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612191347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612191348
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1 x 19.1 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,695,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Stein possesses a comic's honesty and sense of timing, simultaneously enchanting and dark, yet never cynical. She's already published a wonderful debut novel this year, but I think she's arguably an even better poet. --Publishers Weekly (Best Summer Books 2012)

"These poems will charm the pants off of you with their irreverence, insight, and optimism" --Guernica

"By showing us that it's possible to make something beautiful and funny out of our supposed follies, Stein rescues the present." --The Poetry Foundation

"A book as deeply sad as it is perceptively playful, Stein recreates her life, one full of unbounded wisdom and imagination weaving a tapestry of myths, memory, history, and pop culture, that new sort of collective memory we all share." --Vol. 1 Brooklyn

"The poems, like Stein's debut novel, The Fallback Plan ... strike a powerful balance between humor and melancholy, reference and storytelling. A startlingly developed and fearless voice." --The Rumpus

"Leigh Stein's poems know how to laugh it off after a stunning tumble down a flight of stairs."
--Rob MacDonald, editor of Sixth Finch

"Leigh Stein follows her lauded debut novel The Fallback Plan with an equally impressive poetry collection, Dispatch from the Future ... Guernica called the book, "poetry for poetry haters." I have to add that even admirers of verse will adore this volume." --Largehearted Boy

Praise for Leigh Stein's previous book, The Fallback Plan

"Beautiful, funny, thrilling, and true."
--Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

"Stein's light, accessible, self-deprecating prose makes this coming-of-age story a pleasure."
--Publishers Weekly

"Intimate, urgent, and laugh-out-loud funny. . . . Think Franny and Zooey. Think Goodbye, Columbus. Think of this book as your next great read."
--Joe Meno, author of Hairstyles of the Damned

About the Author

Leigh Stein is a former New Yorker staffer and frequent contributor to its "Book Bench" blog. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and awarded the prestigious Poets & Writers Amy Award. Her first novel, The Fallback Plan, was published by Melville House in January 2012. She lives in Brooklyn, where she works in children's publishing and teaches musical theater to elementary school students.

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