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We Show What We Have Learned cover
October 25, 2016
Direct price: $14.35
Retail price: $17.95

184 pages
5.5 x 8.5 with French flaps

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Praise for
We Show What We Have Learned


“Clare Beams has written a dazzling story collection—as if, by a rare sort of magic, Alice Munro and Shirley Jackson had conspired together to imagine a female/feminist voice for the twenty-first century that is wickedly sharp-eyed, wholly unpredictable, and wholly engaging.”
—Joyce Carol Oates, author of The Lost Landscape: A Writer’s Coming of Age

“Even when the stories draw from the tradition of fabulism, they always feel wholly Beams’s own, from the unflagging elegance of the prose to the wisdom with which Beams approaches the complex emotional terrain her characters navigate. . . . It is this gap between what the world seems and what is that Beams tackles so memorably in this collection. . . . A richly imagined and impeccably crafted debut.”
Kirkus (starred review)

“Beams is an expert at providing odd and surprising details that make her stories come alive, and the result is a powerful collection about what we need from others and, in turn, what we can offer others of ourselves.”
Publishers Weekly

“Clare Beams’s invigorating stories are brave, inventive, lyrical, and just a little bit nasty. Read them now.”
—Sam Lipsyte, author of The Fun Parts

“These stories are at once spooky and lush, eerie and deeply felt, ghostly but also vibrantly alive. Clare Beams is a magician, and each of these stories is a muscular, artful haunting.”
—Caitlin Horrocks, author of This Is Not Your City

“Stunning and brilliant. Clare Beams has a gift for illuminating one character’s most private moment, causing the impact to transform the fates of many. She navigates the tightrope between inner and outer reality. The range of her stories is astonishing—funny and devastating, suspenseful and mesmerizing.”
—Ursula Hegi, author of Stones from the River

“These amazingly inventive stories reveal an imagination rare in its command and courage. In gorgeous prose that thrills, instructs, and thoroughly inspires, Clare Beams obliterates the ‘dividing line between possibilities and impossibilities,’ showing how our passions can rule with reality-bending magic.”
—Chang-rae Lee, author of On Such a Full Sea

“An elegant and assured debut, packed with confident prose—and stories with novel-like wholeness in the way of Munro and Cheever. The stories are imaginative and flecked with darkness and subtle societal commentary in the manner of Margaret Atwood; the characters are complex and rendered with psychological acuity. Smart, savage, and compulsively readable.”
—Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of Almost Famous Women