I'm delighted to share the success of my student, Stephanie Barbé Hammer, with her new novel, The Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior.

With blurbs from Aimee Bender, Tod Goldberg and moi: "Just down the road from John Crowley's characters is the town of Narrow Interior, the setting for Stephanie Hammer's fable-ous first novel of secrets and heritage. Henry, the youngest son of a hotel magnate, is sent to calm the inhabitants as the hoteliers set about to despoil this odd byway. Instead, aided by his black sheep cousin and a cast of quirky characters, including Quirk, Henry sets out to discover the town secrets. The more he learns, the darker the mission appears, until Henry must choos if he is willing to risk all.

"Both fresh and redolent of ancient stories, The Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior brings us a new voice as Hammer applies her considerable knowledge and talent to the world of fiction."

Selected Works

From the early literature of the Americas to the late 20th Century
Creative Nonfiction
Essays on Family and Writing

The Desert Remembers My Name makes an important contribution to discussions of ethnicity, identity, and the literature of place.”
Bloomsbury Review
"...a mesmerizing tale... the author explores the fascinating confusions and contradictions plaguing a culture precariously poised between tradition and modernization."
"She never forgot the power of storytelling as testimony."
The Utne Reader
"Kathleen Alcalá's Spirits of the Ordinary is an enthralling book..."
–Paul Yamazaki, City Lights Books

"This book entered my dreams."
–Alberto Rios
Short Fiction
"Thoroughly satisfying."
The New York Times Book Review

"By turns touching, entertaining, and surprising, and uniquely her own."
Publishers Weekly

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