Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France

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9781938603273: Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France

An astronaut quits NASA to paint pictures of the moon; a man builds a star in his basement; an astronomer falls in love with a moose and loses his nose in a sword fight; and an aristocrat adopts two teenage girls in the hopes of raising one to become his perfect wife. Bryan Hurt's stories depict a world of wonder, magic, humor, sadness, and compassion. Wildly imaginative and meticulously researched, EVERYONE WANTS TO BE AMBASSADOR TO FRANCE is the debut of a new and exciting talent.

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About the Author:

Bryan Hurt is the author of Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France, winner of the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction, and the editor of Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest. His short fiction has been published in The American Reader, Guernica, The Kenyon Review, The New England Review, Tin House, TriQuarterly, and many more places. He teaches creative writing at St. Lawrence University.


"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, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

"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. I've never read a voice like Bryan Hurt's -- in places totally uncaterogizable, and brilliantly unexpected at every turn." - Bonnie Nadzam, author of Lamb

"The breadth of this collection 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

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