Missouri Review Books


A Faithful but Melancholy Account of Several Barbarities Lately Committed by Jason Brown, the latest title from Missouri Review Books.

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Praise for A Faithful but Melancholy Account and Jason Brown

“How beautifully these linked stories lead us into a family history which is a thicket of old legends and superb characters. With its long span and its sharp views, this is a remarkable collection.”

—JOAN SILBER, Improvement and Fools

“Jason Brown’s Howland stories are marvels, all of them perfectly brined in centuries of heartbreak, privation, cruelty, yearning and self-delusion. This book is a brilliantly observed, emotionally risky and often quite funny reminder of what a linked collection can do.”

—SAM LIPSYTE, Hark and The Ask

“Like peeking through the windows of a family even more eccentric than your own. With each story, you find yourself sucked further into this coastal Maine community until you’re damn near local. Masterful as it is playful, this is a serious look at the absurdity of family.”

—MAT JOHNSON, author of Pym and Loving Day


Trouble in Mind: The Short Story and Conflict, Kristine Somerville and Speer Morgan, editors.

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Praise for Trouble in Mind: The Short Story and Conflict

“Moments define us; however, we don’t always know which moments are significant until they pass us by.  Trouble in Mind illustrates vividly how ordinary characters live in such times of crisis, joy and wonder. This incredible collection of stories moved me for its beauty, compassion, and bravery.”

—MIN JIN LEE, author of Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko


The Trail of the Demon and Other Stories by Jane Gillette, the first title of our imprint, Missouri Review Books.

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Praise for The Trail of the Demon and Jane Gillette

“Jane Gillette’s stories are sinewy and astringent, laced with mordant humor and sharp insights about the realities of sex, race, and privilege.  Often her narrators look back on their lives from a distance of years, discovering the “unlooked-for experience of foiled expectations.”  Her voice, reminiscent of Grace Paley or Edith Pearlman, is strong and smart and wholly her own.  This collection is a pleasure to read.”

–ALIX OHLIN, author of Inside and Signs and Wonders

“Jane Gillette’s scalpel-sharp prose strips away her characters’ carefully constructed facades and reveals their vulnerable, truest selves. Whether dissecting racial anxiety or class resentment or various forms of jealousy and disappointment, Gillette’s stories fearlessly expose the human heart beating beneath our civilization’s many veils.”

—MAY-LEE CHAI, author of Dragon Chica and The Girl from Purple Mountain

“For those interested in the short story, Gillette’s work will serve as a master class. In these stories, a perfect sense of craft is joined with a human warmth and a startling depth of insight that makes this collection indispensable.”

–SETH FRIED, author of The Great Frustration

“I’m sorry to say that I did not know Jane Gillette’s work until now, but I am grateful to Missouri Review Books for bringing this lovely collection to my attention. I liked every one of these stories. Gillette is a masterful writer.”

—STEVE YARBROUGH, author of Safe from the Neighbors and The End of California

Listen to the Bookworm interview with Jane here.