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The 2018 Miami Book Fair / de Groot Prize winner, this debut fiction introduces a distinctive new American voice
Funny, tender, and wholly original, Death & Other Holidays is a year in the life of a young woman coming to terms with the death of her beloved stepfather, while attempting to find love in LA. We are introduced to her friends and family, as she struggles to launch herself out into the world, to take the risks of love – the one constancy in all the change.
Told with a great good humor and underlying affection for all its characters, Death and Other Holidays announces a brilliant and assured new voice in American fiction.
“Vogel builds, with lightness and clear eyes, a vibrant world of family, love, and loss. Skillful and charming … all made by a voice that trembles between boldness and vulnerability.” — Aimee Bender, author of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt
“Beautifully conceived and beautifully executed. Marci Vogel is an artist in complete control of her materials.” — Percival Everett, author of I am Not Sidney Poitier: A Novel
“A moving and graceful novella of overcoming sorrow.” —Kirkus Reviews (STARRED)
“Spare, beautiful, and by turns heartbreaking and hilarious.” – LitHub
“Death and Other Holidays brilliantly balances humor and anger, sorrow and beauty. Vogel’s subjects may be grief and death, but her writing reflects life as we live it, life with its many intricate, unnoticed balances.” – NPR
“One of Emma Robert’s favorites of the year. The perfect book for a darkly funny friend.” – Belletrist
“A tour de force… Composed of gorgeous vignettes…Death and Other Holidays is raw, honest, and darkly humorous. Vogel’s tight prose reads like something of a diary by its immediacy, capturing the inner workings of April’s mind, and speaks to the aching young adult in all of us.” – Arkansas International
“A gently humorous book tinged with melancholy… [an] entertaining read.” – The London Magazine
“Hypnotic and elegant prose.” – Buzzfeed News
“Tender (good for bedtime reading) and touching (but not saccharine). I was searching for the ’death’ and realized that what I was getting was ’life.’ It’s lovely.” – Karen Zarker, managing editor of PopMatters