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"Beguiling… a tour de force… exceptional, Pushcart-worthy pieces of observation and reportage."

-Kirkus Reviews

"Ranging from hilarious to heartbreaking, McGrath’s closely observed storytelling surprised me on every page. These are stories—and people—that will stay with me."

-Eli Saslow, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Rising Out of Hatred

"Rollicking… McGrath brings sharp observations and keen curiosity to these globe-trotting essays... adept at capturing the world with a buoyant sense of wonder."

-Publisher's Weekly

"These essays are about the ways we scramble to defeat isolation, how we reach out and grasp a companion’s elbow. This book offers a better understanding of the peripheries of the world and of ourselves, of the joys and evils that reside at the edges. McGrath’s writing provides more satisfaction and wisdom than we could fairly ask for."

-John Brandon, author of Ivory Shoals and Citrus County



Will McGrath has worked as a reporter, homeless shelter caseworker, UPS truck loader, public radio producer, Burger King chicken sandwich mayo-applicator, ghostwriter, and ghosteditor, in slightly different order.

His debut book, Everything Lost Is Found Again, won the Society of Midland Authors Award for Biography & Memoir, and the Dzanc/Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize.

His new book, Farewell Transmission, was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Awards.

He has written for The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, AFAR, Guernica, The Rumpus, Foreign Affairs, and Asymptote, among other publications.


email: wtmcgrath at gmail dot com

representation: Rachel Vogel / Dunow, Carlson & Lerner

Photo Credit:

Philip McKee

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