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American Homes

Ryan Ridge

Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Imprint: University of Michigan Press
Published: 01/2014
Pages: 128
Subject: Literary Collections - American/General, Fiction - Literary
Print ISBN: 9780472052585
eBook ISBN: 9780472900176


Poetry / Fiction / Art / Aphorisms. American Homes incorporates poetry, prose, and various schematic devices, including dozens of illustrations by the artist Jacob Heustis, to create a cracked narrative of the domestic spaces we inhabit.


"In the kitchens in Ryan Ridge’s American Homes are Cuisinarts into which he pours the words he bakes into loaves of prose, more rye than wry. The sandwiches he makes from them are fun to eat but leave a bitter taste in the mouth because the Land of American Homes is, after all, a bitterplace. Still: the American Home is “shooting sunbeams out of its eye sockets” so welcome home. And welcome Ryan Ridge’s American Homes into yours!"
—Denis Wood, author of Everything Sings