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WINNER OF THE STARCHERONE PRIZE FOR INNOVATIVE FICTION

"If Bryan Hurt isn't famous by the end of 2016 we don't know you anymore, America." - Joyland Magazine

"Bryan Hurt's Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France is an instant classic." - Full Stop

"Dark but funny, absurd yet sincere." - The Rumpus

"This collection plants a flag on the moon, an accomplishment and a celebration, saying like the astronaut in one of the stories, 'I'm here.'" - Heavy Feather Review

"...a delightfully strange and new thing, with layers hidden within." - Electric Literature

"In a culture full of 'McPoems' and hand-wringing over the homogenization of literature, Bryan Hurt breaks the mold." - The Wrath-Bearing Tree

"The stories in Bryan Hurt's debut collection are refreshingly diverse, yet always fantastic and filled with dark humor." - Largehearted Boy

"I have been a longtime fan of Bryan Hurt's stories and what a joy to have them all together now in this book! They are a soup pot of the funniest dry sentences plus unusual facts that he unearthed from who knows where, and an understated humanity tucked inside those facts, and a constant eye on the oddness of culture and the lilt of a well-placed phrase and a carrot. In our endlessly data-packed world, Hurt's keen spareness is a welcome addition to the bookshelves." - Aimee Bender

"Bryan Hurt's stories are like no one else's. They are by turns hilarious, whimsical, arresting and heartbreaking, but what makes them such a delight is the sly simplicity and off-handed charm of their telling." - T.C. Boyle

"Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France is swift and spare, a collection to devour and admire. Spectacular!" - Aspen Matis, author of Girl in the Woods

"The fictional love child of Miranda July, George Saunders, and A.M. Holmes, Hurt's debut collection combines farfetchedness and dark humor with just enough tenderness to make everything feel true." - Courtney Maum, author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You

"These stories are so bright and fresh and strange -- they really will make you laugh and cry. And I've never read a voice like Bryan Hurt's -- in places totally uncategorizable, and brilliantly unexpected at every turn." - Bonnie Nadzam, author of Lions 

"The breadth of this is a phenomenal celebration, a catalogue of possibility, of the infinite versatility of short-form writing. Hurt's fabulist imagination, wicked dry humor, and core emotional truths challenge, dazzle, and ignite." - Alissa Nutting, author of Tampa