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SOMETIMES IT SNOWS IN AMERICA by Marisa Labozzetta is a Category Finalist for The Eric Hoffer Award!

Guernica Editions is so incredibly pleased to announce that Sometimes it Snows in America (Guernica 2012), by Marisa Labozzetta, was selected as a Category Finalist for The Eric Hoffer Award! Less than 10% of the titles submitted for the award become category finalists, so congratulations to Marisa on a fantastic book!

The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books was established at the start of the 21st century as a means of opening a door to writing of significant merit. It honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. The winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing, and the book awards are covered in the US Review of Books.

Sometimes it Snows in America tells the story of Fatma, who was born into Somali royalty and Saudi Arabian wealth, but given away in infancy and, at age 12, forced into an arranged marriage with a young Peace Corps worker. Prejudice and cultural demands lead to a number of painful promises that will dictate the course of her life on two continents. The novel is loosely based on the true account of an African woman’s descent into an American hell, and finds its echo in the descent of her native Somalia into its own hell of violent desperation. It leaves the reader with the gifts of unsuspected connection and surprising hope.

To get a copy of this fantastic book and appreciate why it was a category finalist, click here.

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