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Gretchen Henderson’s exuberantly innovative and moving second novel interweaves stories, characters, physical and emotional terrains.
Gretchen Henderson’s exuberantly innovative and moving second novel interweaves stories, characters, physical and emotional terrains.
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Taking its title by playing on a painting ("The Street Enters the House") by Umberto Boccioni, The House Enters the Street combines modern art, medieval music, and a complex interweaving of characters, landscapes, and experiences to create a novel like no other.  Scandinavian immigrants in Iowa migrate towards war. A photographer in Arkansas returns to California to repair her family after a devastating fire. Evoking literature's aural roots, the novel confronts (dis)ability and (dis)ease, breathing life into fragments of a broken modern world, reminding us of the art a novel can be.

"The House Enters the Street is beautifully written, confident, and complex. I was appreciative of its language and intelligence, mindfulness and scope." - Rikki Ducornet, author of Netsuke.

"A demanding and beautiful book, which tracks an exacting landscape with breathtaking inventiveness." - Mary Gordon, author of The Love of My Youth.

"Gretchen E. Henderson creates a sublime and mysterious music all her own." - Carole Maso, author of The Art Lover.

GRETCHEN E. HENDERSON is the author of the novel, Galerie de Difformité (winner of the Madeleine P. Plonsker Prize). Her other books include a work of nonfiction, On Marvellous Things Heard, and a poetry chapbook, Wreckage: By Land & By Sea. Gretchen is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT.

The House Enters the Street Kickstarter project is Starcherone's second endeavor in a new type of annual fundraising, where we will look to communities local, national, and international to help support books they would like to see published. We thank you for your support, however it is made. Starcherone is a 501(c)3 nonprofit publisher of innovative literary fiction.

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    A copy of The House Enters the Street by Gretchen E. Henderson ($16 list price)

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    A copy of The House Enters the Street, signed by Gretchen E. Henderson. All contributors at this level will also be thanked on Starcherone's website.

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    A signed copy of The House Enters the Street, plus our 2012 t-shirt with logo design by artist Julian Montague and quote on the back by founder Ted Pelton: "Books have ruined my life and now I want to ruin yours." (T-shirts available in men's large size only.) All contributors at this level will also be thanked on Starcherone's website.

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    A signed copy of The House Enters the Street, plus copies of three of Starcherone Books' most popular titles, Unclean Jobs for Women & Girls by Alissa Nutting, Animal Sanctuary by Sarah Falkner, and our anthology, 30 Under 30: Innovative Fiction by Younger Writers. (Substitutions for books of equal value permitted.) All contributors at this level will also be thanked on Starcherone's website.

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    Over the past ten years, Starcherone Books has published some of the most remarkable innovative fiction by women of any US publisher. In addition to a signed copy of The House Enters the Street and our Starcherone t-shirt, contributors at this level will get a complete run of books by the women of Starcherone, including Sarah Falkner, Sara Greenslit, Stacey Levine, Janet Mitchell, Aimee Parkison, Alissa Nutting, Leslie Scalapino, and more - 10 books in all! (Substitutions for books of equal value permitted.) Contributors at this level will also be thanked on the copyright page of The House Enters the Street.

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    Starcherone Books will have published 30 books by October 2012, and with a gift in this amount you get the whole freaking banana boat - including rare o.o.p. editions of books by Zachary Mason and Joshua Cohen, all the authors mentioned above, four by Raymond Federman, and much more - plus a signed copy of The House Enters the Street, and our Starcherone t-shirt. Contributors at this level will of course also be thanked on the copyright page of The House Enters the Street.

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