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How the Days of Love & Diptheria, by Robert Kloss

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In pursuit of the lives wrecked by disease and wracked by cough, How the Days of Love & Diphtheria follows one son who accidentally replaces another, until the family can no longer tell the dead from the living, and the mounds of bodies continue to swell.


“At its heart this is a gorgeous book about a simple and universal idea: the decay and destruction of love, and the weird thing that lingers on in its place. It is a book with a broken heart. And to read it is to break your own, in all the ways that pain equals love equals endings.” —Big Other

“Hell of a little monster, and one giant hell of a book.” —Specter Magazine

“Kloss does creation and destruction as it must be: in the same breath, a magnificent, unblinking act of remembrance and retribution, aimed at we who, despite the skinless horses and burning bears, would still go on, would deign to say anything at all with all this fire bursting out of people and the weird ground, and which from also comes a light.” —Blake Butler


Robert Kloss is the author of a novella (How the Days of Love & Diphtheria) published by MLP Nephew and a novel (The Alligators of Abraham) published by Mud Luscious Press in November 2012. His short fiction has been published in Caketrain, The Collagist, Crazyhorse, Gargoyle, Unsaid, among others.