ISBN 9781938900235
Release Date: May 2017
48 pgs, 5.3" x 7"
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"Think of it as a kind of blues ballad, that rainy April day. Think of a black van, leaving a Midwestern city at daybreak and barreling up a highway toward a suburb thirty miles to its north and hear, in that van's trajectory, the ballad's opening note. The call, if you will, of its call-and-response. (Notice the ICE--for Immigration and Customs Enforcement--painted on the van's sides and the two uniformed officers sitting, stone faced, within it and listen to it wail, that call.) As for the response? That's where you'll find the ballad's story.

But not yet. Not yet, because first there's verse one..."


Laura Distelheim's compelling and bracing We is as fluid as this mythological dream and fantasy we call "America," where we hope, we work, we fear, we love, and we--some of us--survive. A story like this will help the ones who read it make it through another American day.

- Viet Thanh Nguyen, Judge of 2016 Fiction Chapbook Competition

Laura S. Distelheim's work has received awards from numerous literary journas and has twice been noted for Specil Mention in both Best American Essays and The Pushcart Prize. In addition, it has received the William Faulkner William Wisdom Medal, the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, the Press 53 Open Award, the Bruce P. Rossley Literary Award, the Richard J. Margolis Award, an Illinois Arts Council Artist's Fellowship Award and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and served for twenty years as director of Neighbor to Neighbor, am organization she created to combat hunger among and produce scholarship opportunities for the children of low income families in her community.

Book design by Tia Seifert.


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