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On sale date: 11-11-2014

PAGES: 320

TRIM SIZE: 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN: 978-1-61620-448-8

LIST PRICE: $14.95

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PAGES: 320

TRIM SIZE: 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN: 978-1-61620-162-3

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ISBN: 978-1-61620-392-4

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“Part empathetic portrait of troubled souls and part Springsteenian ode to the promise and heartbreak of the highway … Told with … emotional complexity and subtlety.” —The New York Times

Two strangers meet over the hood of a used car in Texas: Marcus, who is fleeing both his financial and personal failures; and Maria, who, after years of dodging her mistakes, has returned to her hometown to make amends. One looking forward, the other looking back, they face off over the car they both want and think they need—a low-slung sky-blue 1984 Buick Electra—and, after knowing each other for less than an hour, decide to buy the Buick together. Parker has crafted a surprising love story about the power of friendship and the ways we must learn to forgive ourselves if we are ever to move on.

“Parker’s skillfully rendered story rolls like a restless, unpredictable west Texas river … the watershed moments happen not with sadness or blood or pain, but with cascades of laughter. It’s through moments of unabashed humor, when Marcus and Maria let go and laugh, that his characters finally, and completely, connect. Which feels a lot like real life.” —The Denver Post

“Parker deftly captures his characters’ uncertainties and hesitations as they struggle to move away from regret and toward the absolution they so desire.” —Booklist

“Stylish … Engaging … Brings together a pair of unlikely but likeable protagonists.” —Publishers Weekly

“Michael Parker’s best novel yet … [He] extends his geographical and emotional ranges in this layered and nuanced story of heartbroken, debt-ridden, and atonement-seeking creatures much like many of us.” —Mark Richard, author of House of Prayer No. 2

Praise

“Springsteenian ode to the promise and heartbreak of the highway . . . Told with . . . emotional complexity and subtlety.” —The New York Times

“This is a very funny, very moving novel about being lost and then found, about that rarest gift--shared sensibility--and about being saved . . . I love this book.” —Antonya Nelson, author of Bound

“Parker's skillfully rendered story rolls like a restless, unpredictable west Texas river--calm depths here, turbulent shallows there--as Marcus and Maria communicate (sometimes with words, sometimes with silence, almost always in the car) and lurch toward an imperfect union. This makes Parker's story remarkable. But what makes All I Have in This World memorable is this: While any number of disasters can (and do) take place along the way, and while some are heartbreaking, the watershed moments happen not with sadness or blood or pain, but with cascades of laughter. It's through moments of unabashed humor, when Marcus and Maria let go and laugh, that his characters finally, and completely, connect. Which feels a lot like real life.” The Denver Post

“Don’t pass by Michael Parker’s book about a 'low-slung sky-blue 1984 Buick Electra' without kicking its tires, so to speak--it’s no lemon but a sweet, sinuous, and smart love story.” Washingtonian magazine’s blog

“The writing is direct, the characters vivid . . . In All I Have in This World, Parker, in prose clear as the Texas summer sky, gives us a portrait of two people who have tried their best to find themselves by running, literally from home or mentally from logic and good sense. Long may that Electra run.” Austin American-Statesman

“Parker deftly captures his characters’ uncertainties and hesitations as they struggle to move away from regret and toward the absolution they so desire.” —Booklist

“Parker is an assured and emotionally sensitive writer.” —Kirkus Reviews

“'Michael Parker's best novel yet. In front seats and back seats we conjure love and contemplate ruin, as do the wonderful characters in All I Have in This World. Parker again extends his geographical and emotional ranges here in this layered and nuanced story of heartbroken, debt-ridden and atonement-seeking creatures much like many of us. So get in and drive on.” —Mark Richard, author of House of Prayer No. 2

Meet the author

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Michael Parker is the author of eight works of fiction, including his upcoming novel All I Have in This World. His work has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Oxford American, and others. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, is an O. Henry Award winner, and is a Pushcart Prize winner. He teaches in the MFA writing program at UNC-Greensboro and lives in North Carolina and Texas.

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