Briefly Noted: Praise for HIM, ME, MUHAMMAD ALI, introducing Rachel Arndt.

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This week Randa Jarrar, author of Him, Me, Muhammad Ali (2016), was given a glowing review of the forthcoming collection of short stories by The National, the United Arab Emirate's leading English-language newspaper. Of the collection they said, 

“Jarrar . . . manages to imbue her stories and characters with unabashed satire and biting language, melded with an expansive, imaginative geography. . . . In this new, beautifully crafted ­collection she moves seamlessly from ­Istanbul to Sydney to ­Seattle, with stories featuring colourful characters from a variety of Arab ­backgrounds. . . . This endearing book, and its vulnerable characters, indelibly leaves the reader with an intimate sense of love and loss.”

Jarrar was also highly praised in this week's Electric Literature. Of the forthcoming collection they said, "Jarrar’s style — sensitive, peculiar, and closely observed — [has] roots in Russian literature, but its rhythm sounds modern and entirely her own. Her best descriptions are about relationships and the details we observe in the people we kind of hate but mostly love. . . . Weird, hilarious, melodramatic, gorgeous, and sincerely resonant." Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, is out now; you can purchase your own copy here!

We're excited to announce that we will be publishing Rachel Arndt's debut collection of essays in 2018. Rachel Arndt is is currently an MFA candidate both in the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing program and in poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Congratulations Rachel!