It’s finally here! Today is the launch day of Keith Lesmeister’s incredible collection We Could’ve Been Happy Here – just in time for your summer reading!
We Could’ve Been Happy Here has received fantastic reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Books, Personally, Nickolas Butler, Benjamin Percy, and others. Still not sold on the collection? Don’t just take our word for it, read more about Keith in his interview with FOLIO, or learn why We Could’ve Been Happy Here was named a “Most Anticipated Book of 2017” here!
In his first collection of short fiction, Keith Lesmeister plows out a distinctive vision of the contemporary Midwest. A recovering addict chases down a herd of runaway cows with a girl the same age as his estranged daughter. A middle-aged couple rediscovers their love for one another through the unlikely circumstance of robbing a bank. A drunken grandmother goads her grandson into bartering his leftover booze for a kayak. The daughter of a deployed soldier wages a bloody war on the rabbits ravaging her family’s farm.
These stories peer into the lives of those at the margins–the broken, the resigned, the misunderstood. At turns hopeful and humorous, tender and tragic, We Could’ve Been Happy Here illuminates how we are shaped and buoyed by our intimate connections with others—both those close to us, and those we hardly know.
Also, be sure to come out and celebrate with Keith at one of his many upcoming events! Support Keith, hear him read from the collection, and enjoy some quality time with the literary community.
You can buy the book in paperback or eBook from major online booksellers. Get your copy of We Could’ve Been Happy Here now.