August 20, 2024

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Swallow the Ghost traces the impact of one event on three different lives, each interlocking story offering a complex, contradictory truth.

Things are going well for Jane Murphy, or so it seems. She's making it in New York, a sort of wunderkind at the social media marketing startup where she works. She's put an experimental writer, Jeremy Miller, on the map by helping him concoct a viral internet novel, told in fragments through various fake social media accounts. But privately, Jane feels trapped, ruled by her routines and her compulsions, caught up in an endless cycle of soothing and punishing herself. There is so much that she has to keep hidden, especially from Jeremy as their professional relationship transforms into something more. But then, tragedy strikes, and the story changes track. As the perspective shifts, so too does our image of Jane and those in her orbit as what we think we know begins to unravel. Audacious, emotionally precise and head-spinning in its ingenuity, Swallow the Ghost interrogates our public identities and private realities through the kaleidoscopic portrait of one woman's life.

Eugenie Montague's short fiction has been published by NPR; Amazon; Faultline; Mid-American Review; Fiction Southeast and Flash Friday, a flash fiction series from Tin House and the Guardian Books Network. Her piece "Breakfast" was selected by Amy Hempel for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2017, which was published by Braddock Avenue Books.   Her hybrid work, Treating Attachment Disorder, won Eggtooth Editions' 2016 chapbook contest and is available now. She earned her MFA from the University of California, Irvine and lives in El Paso, Texas.

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