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Avery Colt is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar
Avery Colt is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar

Avery Colt is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar

Nilsen Prize for a First Novel Winner


172 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.00 (US $18.00) (CA $24.00)

Publication Date: October 2019

ISBN 9781732039919

Rights: WOR

Southeast Missouri State Univ Press (Oct 2019)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: October 2019


Austin's semi-autobiographical, linked story collection follows the misadventures of Avery Colt as he struggles to survive in North St. Louis alongside his family. Learning the best way to slaughter a goat, rebuilding his family's corner market, and reckoning the weight of a revolver are a few of the challenges Avery faces. As he matures through each page, Avery takes control of his circumstances and attempts dangerous feats of alchemy. Charged with urgency and emotion, Austin's prose faithfully renders a community determined to overcome crisis with strength, dark humor, and plenty of heart.

Author Biography

Ron A. Austin holds a MFA from the U. of Missouri-St. Louis and is a 2016 Regional Arts Commission Fellow.