American Grief in Four Stages, a collection of short fiction, asks the question: why does our country do so little for the bereaved? Why do we have only empty cliché to address the grief of others? Why do we expect people to just "get over" insurmountable tragedy?
"Hoagland is adept at showing the minuscule and almost imperceptible ways that life changes after a traumatic event....This remarkable collection, capturing all these varied experiences of loss and grief, ends up providing a shared language and understanding."
-Emily Webber, in Necessary Fiction
"A captivating debut collection...assured, haunting, and deeply empathetic."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Terrifyingly true and dangerously perceptive, Sadie Hoagland’s provocative fictions deliver us to moments of maximum chaos.” –Melanie Rae Thon, author of SILENCE AND SONG
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