Forest of Borders
Malarkey Books has the honor of publishing FOREST OF BORDERS, a chapbook by Nicholas Grider. This chapbook features a cover created by the author. We will be printing and binding each copy ourselves. Estimated page count is 52 pages.
Nicholas Grider’s dazzling chapbook, FOREST OF BORDERS, plaits together longing, hope, and despair. In story after story, characters weigh the rewards and risks of drawing close to each other, and of letting each other go. Abandonment is a pursuit here as much as it is a fear. Character after character devises meticulous escape plans, seeks exits. Many of Grider’s stories involve abuses of power; menace hangs like a kind of poisonous fog over the collection. Melancholy and witty, surreal and strange, Grider’s brilliant, faceted stories remind us that the sharpest knives are made of diamond.
—Kim Magowan, author of UNDOING and THE LIGHT SOURCE
In FOREST OF BORDERS, mistakes are made and promises are broken, but all is never forgiven. With humor and compassion, and with a keen eye to the messy human machinery, we are reminded that the heart wants what the heart wants. And Grider is the heart’s stenographer.
—Josh Denslow, author of NOT EVERYONE IS SPECIAL
FOREST OF BORDERS tears down the walls of the American mythos and plants in its place the wild beauty of Nicholas Grider's startling prose, laced with mourning and menace and pitch-black humor. Razing shibboleths of nation, love, family, success, autonomous selfhood, and the efficacy of language, Grider captures the anxieties of our times like no one else.
—Jennifer Wortman, author of THIS. THIS. THIS. IS. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.
FOREST OF BORDERSis amazing. The transmutation of lovers into products for other humans to buy, use, and destroy—terrifying. The connections and disconnections between these stories—fantastic. The verbal surprises in just about every sentence—wonderful. The sense that each story is a differently but perfectly rendered muffled scream—yes. All of it, yes.
—Marcus Pactor, author of VS. DEATH NOISES
Nicholas Grider's writing cracks open the cavern of human emotions: longing, desire, the anxiety behind existing in worlds both imagined and real. Reading these stories leaves one feeling less alone with their own racing, sprawling thoughts. I loved this collection.
—Christopher Gonzalez, Barrelhouse Fiction Editor
Language as a pivot point, a pendulum, a physical gesture: Grider’s sentences here embody the reluctant stances, shrugs, and temporary buoyancy of a myriad of collapsing souls. A beautifully written collection that examines the distorted and the mundane, Forests of Borders is a text that will creep up your back, filling and expanding the spaces between your vertebrate.
—Janice Lee, author of DAMNATION, THE SKY ISN'T BLUEand RECONSOLIDATION