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Stay Here with Me

Stay Here with Me

A Memoir

by Robert Olmstead
Introduction by Brock Clarke

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Nonpareil Books

ISBN: 978-1-56792-779-5
Pages: 264
Size: 5.25" x 7.5"
Published: May 2024
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Novelist Robert Olmstead journeys back to his youth on his grandfather’s New Hampshire dairy farm to confront the ghosts that continue to afflict him in this coming-of-age memoir.

Robert Olmstead has peopled his fiction with the rough-hewn farmers, loggers, and hired hands of rural New England mountain towns where getting drunk, getting into fights, and getting thrown out of bars are the normal rites of passage. In Stay Here with Me, Olmstead lays bare the acute pain of his father’s alcoholism and the decline of his grandfather, the family patriarch. With delicate sensuality, he also traces the flowering of his first love for a woman who “walks like light would walk if it could.”

Authentic, intimate, and intense, Stay Here with Me is about growing up and leaving home and about the acts of rebellion that free the body even as they bind the soul to a place forever. This Nonpareil edition includes a new introduction by novelist and essayist, Brock Clarke.

Robert Olmstead
Robert Olmstead is the author of many acclaimed novels including Coal Black Horse, Far Bright Star, and most recently, Savage Country. The former Director of Creative Writing at Ohio Wesleyan University, Mr. Olmstead and now serves as an emeritus faculty member at the university.

Author: Brock Clarke
Brock Clarke is the author of seven works of fiction, including the bestselling An Arsonist's Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, as well as the essay collection I, Grape; or The Case for Fiction. He lives in Maine and teaches at Bowdoin College.