Great review of “Going Anywhere” at The Literary Review

Elizabeth Bales Frank had some good things to say about Going Anywhere by David Armstrong over at The Literary ReviewRead some highlights below.

“In spare, sometimes wry prose, Armstrong evokes characters who always feel more than they can articulate, who find themselves in a place they don’t remember setting out for. ”

“It is Armstrong’s gift to weave the fantastic into the mundane in order to show us how ordinary lives are streaked with both terror and tenderness.  Even the stories that don’t explicitly wander into Twilight Zone territory are fundamentally about mystery:  how we love, why we can’t, how we continue on regardless. ”

“The characters in … ‘Going Anywhere’ live in the darkness on the edge of town.  Fractured by loss—aimless infidelities, deflated ambition, damaged or absent children—they limp through landscapes rural but not pastoral, urban but not sophisticated. They live on the raggedy edges of urban sprawl in shabby strip malls, through nights ‘still as a crime-scene photo.’”

Read the whole review here.

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Call for manuscript submissions!

Leapfrog Press is currently reading submissions for our annual fiction contest. We’re proud to welcome author Mark Brazaitis (The Incurables, Truth Poker) as this year’s finalist judge. Check out our submission guidelines, then send us your work.

Once you’ve done that, take a few minutes to check out some recent contest winners.

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The Lonesome Trials of Johnny Riles, Gregory Hill (2014 first place winner)

(review of Hill’s previous novel East of Denver)

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Going Anywhere, David Armstrong (2013 first place winner)

(review at The Literary Review, “Declarations” at Narrative)

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Being Dead in South Carolina, Jacob White (2012 first place winner)

(interview at Crossborder, review at Publishers Weekly)