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The Long Haul, by Amanda Stern

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The Long Haul, by Amanda Stern

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A college-aged alcoholic and his codependent girlfriend and their "relationship" are examined through the course of six years. He's a musician with a decent-sized local following. She's an on-again, off-again college student  that loves both his problematic daily life as well as his on-stage persona that seems to have everything in order.       The two drive through an ice storm, kidnap an abandoned girl, and break into a house--as they work through their relationship issues. Coming of age meets road trip with truly interesting characters.

Praise for The Long Haul

Amanda Stern's prose is spare and gorgeous. This tough little book is like an elegantly clad punch in the guts. -- Maggie Estep

Reading Stern is like watching polaroids materialise, the horror creeping up on you. Picture perfect writing; a compelling story.... -- UNCUT Magazine, November 2003

Soft Skull Press['s] upcoming title The Long Haul, by Amanda Stern, has earned the author comparisons to Denis Johnson. -- Las Vegas WeeklySeptember 4-September 10

Stern writes with an open heart...; her willingness to experiment is a lesson for novelists and readers both. -- San Francisco Chronicle Book Review, October 12, 2003

About Amanda Stern

Amanda Stern is a fifth generation native of Manhattan; raised without an accent. Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry have appeared in, among other places, The New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, The New York Post, Swink, Filmmaker,, Joyland, Venus Magazine, The Believer, St. Ann’s Review, Salt Hill, Post Road and Spinning Jenny.  She’s had personal essays in several anthologies. Her essay, “Scout’s Honor,” was included in Love is a Four Letter Word, and singled out by Publishers Weekly as, “the stand out…in a book full of hits.” In July 2013, her essay “Acting Lessons,” came out in The Marijuana Chronicles, published by Akashic Books, alongside Joyce Carol Oates, Maggie Estep, Dean Haspiel and others, and in February 2014 she’ll appear alongside Miranda July and Zadie Smith in Women in Clothes published by Penguin and edited by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton.

In 2003 she published her first novel The Long Haul (Soft Skull Press) to critical acclaim. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote of Stern’s metaphors, “they’re so fresh, they’re almost jarring.” Concurrent with the publication of her novel, she launched “The Happy Ending Music and Reading Series.“ The show, running for nine years now, has welcomed over 700 artists. Among them: Richard Price, Aimee Mann, James Salter, Etgar Keret, Andre Dubus III, Michael Cunningham, Sarah Jones, Vampire Weekend, Mark Eitzel, Moby, Karen Russell, Tea Obreht, Laurie Anderson, A.M. Homes, Rick Moody, John Cameron Mitchell, Jennifer Egan and Colson Whitehead.  For several years, Stern curated, produced and hosted this monthly series at NYC’s premiere performance venues.