Pray for Yourself

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“Calcagno has the clean voice and sharp unblinking eye of a true storyteller.”
—Larry Heinemann

“Anne Calcagno is emerging as a first-string talent. We should thank her for the stories in Pray For Yourself. They are luminous and invaluable.”
—William Kittredge

“Nine stories, each unforgettably clear, magnetic and alive. Language as maddeningly fascinating as a fifty car locomotive, perfectly carved, from a single piece of wood.”
—Lynda Barry

“These are chancy, exhilarating and often disturbing stories. Calcagno’s high-voltage images remind us that nothing is mundane, that our many small disturbances are darkly miraculous.”
—Rick DeMarinis


“Kinetic, perceptive, intensely visual. This is energetic and intelligent writing - a delight to follow.”
—Susan Engberg

“These moving tales speak about America today. Solitary people confront life’s most extreme situations without the hope of epiphany, and yet the author’s concern for them has the power to exhilarate the reader.”
—Olga Andreyev Carlisle

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Audio Excerpt -- Pray for Yourself

Listen to Anne Calcagno read an excerpt from Patricia's Jaw, one of her short stories included in Pray for Yourself.