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Ben Marcus is the author of Notable American Women and The Age of Wire and String. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Tin House, and elsewhere. The recipient of three Pushcart Prizes, a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he is a Professor of Creative Writing at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories

Edited by Ben Marcus


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $16.00

“In twenty-nine separate but ingenious ways, these stories seek permanent residence within a reader. They strive to become an emotional or intellectual cargo that might accompany us wherever, or however, we go. . . . If we are made by what we read, if language truly builds people into what they... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories

Edited by Ben Marcus


Format: eBook, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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The Flame Alphabet

Written by Ben Marcus


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $15.00

In The Flame Alphabet, the most maniacally gifted writer of our generation delivers a novel about how far we will go in order to protect our loved ones.

The sound of children's speech has become lethal. In the park, adults wither beneath the powerful screams of their offspring. For young parents Sam... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Flame Alphabet

Written by Ben Marcus


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $25.95

In The Flame Alphabet, the most maniacally gifted writer of our generation delivers a work of heartbreak and horror, a novel about how far we will go, and the sorrows we will endure, in order to protect our families.

A terrible epidemic has struck the country and the sound of children’s speech... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

The Flame Alphabet

Written by Ben Marcus


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Leaving the Sea
Stories
Written by Ben Marcus


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $15.95

By turns hilarious and heartfelt, dark and illuminative, Ben Marcus’s Leaving the Sea is a ground breaking collection of stories from one of the single most vital, extraordinary, and unique writers of his generation.

In the heartfelt “I Can Say Many Nice Things,” a washed-up writer toying with infidelity leads a creative writing workshop... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Leaving the Sea
Stories
Written by Ben Marcus


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $25.95

From one of the most innovative and vital writers of his generation, an extraordinary collection of stories that showcases his gifts—and his range—as never before.

In the hilarious, lacerating “I Can Say Many Nice Things,” a washed-up writer toying with infidelity leads a creative writing workshop on board a cruise ship... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

Leaving the Sea
Stories
Written by Ben Marcus


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $11.99

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Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

New American Stories

Edited by Ben Marcus


Format: eBook, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 7, 2015
Price: $11.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.


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New American Stories

Written by Ben Marcus


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 7, 2015
Price: $16.00

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Notable American Women
A Novel
Written by Ben Marcus


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 19, 2002
Price: $15.95

Ben Marcus achieved cult status and gained the admiration of his peers with his first book, The Age of Wire and String. With Notable American Women he goes well beyond that first achievement to create something radically wonderful, a novel set in a world so fully imagined that it creates its... Read more >
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Notable American Women
A Novel
Written by Ben Marcus


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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