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Dzanc Books is a literary nonprofit press out of Ann Arbor Michigan that publishes literary fiction and nonfiction and hosts the literary journal The Collagist.

A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, And Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag, by Josh Russell

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A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, And Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag, by Josh Russell

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Like the Puritan-era narratives she studies, Hannah Guttentag’s early-1990s narrative is a chronicle of the strange places she travels—Nashville, Ithaca, New Orleans, Cleveland, Nebraska—the savages who captivate her—librarians, grad students, professors, her baby—and the redemption she earns.

Praise

“Josh Russell is a maniac. Only he would think to combine a modern-day women’s captivity narrative with a hilariously cruel academic satire, and sprinkle in a biting exploration of identity politics. Only he would combine them, and only he would do it so well. Hannah Guttentag, his protagonist, is a sparkling creation and the story of her ‘captivity’ is full of cold, dark tribulations, but also, glory be, with sunshine. This book is an ass-kicker so please form an orderly line and you will all get your ass kicked.”  —Victor LaValle, author of Big Machine and The Devil in Silver

“This novel you are holding is a saucy, heartrending campus romp, full of sex and death, and Nabokovian nods galore. Russell hits all the emotional registers, and provides a moving portrait of an artist, or just a plain old person, struggling to balance it all—inner life and outer life, children, grief, and love.”  —Heidi Julavits, author of The Vanishers

ABOUT JOSH RUSSELL

Josh Russell’s previous novels are Yellow Jack and My Bright Midnight. An Illinois native—born in Carbondale, raised in Normal—he now lives in Decatur, Georgia, with his wife and daughter.