A Strange Objectis an independent press based in Austin, Texas, dedicated to publishing surprising, heartbreaking fiction alongside thoughtful ephemera. We're talking about fiction that haunts and inspires us—big work that engulfs, that takes risks, that bucks form, that builds warm dwellings in dark places.


Welcome to A Strange Object

Here's what we're up to:

Our forthcoming titles for 2016 are Man and Wife, by Katie Chase, out May 10 (Marie Claire calls it "funny" and "subversive"; preorder now!), and The Great American Songbook, by Sam Allingham, which'll be along in the fall.

Here's where we've been:

Our first book, Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, arrived in October 2013 and has received glowing reviews from everyone from the Chicago Tribune to Publishers Weekly to the Japan Times. It won the Editor's Choice Prize from Foreword Reviews and the Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book from IBPA.

Misadventure came out in February 2014. Kirkus says it covers terrain "at once disturbing and deeply beautiful." The Austin Chronicle said it's better than Gertrude Stein.

Book number three, Our Secret Life in the Movies, landed November 2014. The Washington Post said this: "This beautiful, devastating little book is quite unlike anything else I’ve ever encountered . . . it's specifically engineered to break your heart." Also, NPR named it one of the best books of 2014.

We are distributed by Small Press Distribution.

We believe in the subtle art of subtraction. We're pressing mute on the noise of publishing and increasing the signal and the strange.

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[Side note: Writers, we love you, but we are not accepting unsolicited manuscripts at this time.]