The Secret Society of Demolition Writers

By Marc Parent

What could you write if not anyone knew who you were?

In the spirit of the demolition derby, the place drivers take heedless dangers with reckless abandon, welcome to the 1st convocation of the key Society of Demolition Writers. here's a exceptional assortment through well-known authors writing anonymously–and dangerously. With the standard matters approximately reputations and renown forged apart, those twelve daredevils have each one contributed an severe, no-holds-barred unsigned tale, each one shining as brightly and urgently as danger lights.

Unconventional and unapologetic, this publishing identical of a whodunit good points an eclectic team of fictional characters, together with a delusional schizophrenic narrator, an egg donor with moment concepts approximately her choice, a pharmacist who types a unusual overwhelm on a lady who beat either one of her mom and dad to demise, and a bit woman who is aware that an previous secure is the edge to a different, ghostly, international. both diversified and wonderful are the authors themselves: Aimee Bender, Benjamin Cheever, Michael Connelly, Sebastian Junger, Elizabeth McCracken, Rosie O’Donnell, Chris Offutt, Anna Quindlen, John Burnham Schwartz, Alice Sebold, Lauren Slater, and Marc Parent, the editor of the gathering. by no means ahead of has one of these wide-ranging and proficient staff of authors been assembled to such explosive and exciting effect.

The mystery Society of Demolition Writers is an exciting puzzle in itself, yet it’s additionally an incredible addition to the careers of a few of our best storytellers–even if we by no means quite recognize who wrote what. Its boundary-smashing fiction bargains exhilarating facts that for an artist, withholding your id can suggest gaining your freedom.

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