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 2018 titles are The Writer's Guide to the Craft of Fiction, by Michael Noll (our first nonfiction!), out February 27, and Belly Up, by Rita Bullwinkel (fiction that is "mysterious, strange, and fearlessly funny," according to Lorrie Moore), which joins us on May 8.

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.

Our 2016 titles included Man and Wife, by Katie Chase, which landed in May (Marie Claire calls it "funny" and "subversive"), and The Great American Songbook, by Sam Allingham, which dropped November 15.

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.]