Open Prose Selection: Erik Anderson's Estranger

After a winter of thrilling reading we’re excited to announce the third selection in the Open Prose Series, Erik Anderson’s Estranger, which will be published by Rescue Press in 2016.

Estranger begins with a memoirist’s problem—the suppressed story of a grandfather’s death on the south side of Chicago in 1984—but Estranger is no memoir. Estranger reexamines and reinvents genre, as one family’s story enters an intricate constellation of subjects: animal intelligence, museum architecture, films by Werner Herzog and Michael Haneke and Hou Hsiao Hsien, Camus’ The Stranger, Thoreau’s journals, the work of artists Kara Walker and Cy Twombley. In the tradition of writers such as W.G. Sebald, Michael Ondaatje, and Rebecca Solnit, Erik Anderson’s second book blends essay and invention into an exploration of vulnerability and detachment, a book that pushes against the limits of both everyday thought and literary form. The result is a work of restless, precise intelligence and disquieting originality.

Erik Anderson is the author of a book of lyric essays, The Poetics of Trespass (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions, 2010). He teaches creative writing at Franklin & Marshall College where he directs the annual Emerging Writers Festival. You can read some of Erik’s work at Witness, Something on Paper3:AM Magazine, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Thank you to all those who shared their manuscripts with us this year—it continues to be an honor to read your prose.

Hilary Plum & Zach Savich
Editors, Open Prose Series