Lori OstlundLori Ostlund

After the Parade: A Novel

Forthcoming: September 22, 2015

A Barnes & Nobel “Discover Great New Writers” Pick

“Lori Ostlund’s wonderful novel After the Parade should come with a set of instructions: Be perfectly still. Listen carefully. Peer beneath every placid surface. Be alive to the possibility of wonder.”

—RICHARD RUSSO, author of the Pulitzer-winning novel Empire Falls

In the tragicomic spirit of John Irving’s and Elizabeth Strout’s finest novels, Lori Ostlund’s debut is an openhearted contemplation of how we grow up and move on, how we can turn our deepest wounds into our greatest strengths. Written with wit and bursting with vitality, After the Parade is a glorious new anthem for the outsider.

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The Bigness of the WorldThe Bigness of the World: Stories

In Lori Ostlund’s debut collection people seeking escape from situations at home venture out into a world that they find is just as complicated and troubled as the one they left behind. In the eleven stories in The Bigness of the World we see that wherever you are in the world, where you came from is never far away.

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October 19th, 2014: I was very excited to learn that “The Gap Year,” which appeared in The Southern Review in Autumn 2013, has made the “Notables” list for the 2014 Best American Short Stories.

October 19th, 2014: I’m pleased to have a new story, “The Peeping Toms,” in the Fall 2014 issue of The Kenyon Review.

August 14th, 2014: I’m thrilled to announce that my novel AFTER THE PARADE will be published by Scribner Read More