Lori OstlundLori Ostlund

After the Parade: A Novel

Now Available in Paperback!

A Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” Pick and
Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Shortlist Nominee

“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 14th, 2016: I loved doing this interview with Anne Raeff, my wife and first reader, for The Read More

October 14th, 2016: With a new cover and title (Life Is a Peculiar Place), After the Parade is officially out in German!

October 14th, 2016: In August, I read in my home state of Minnesota, where half of my novel Read More