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Joe Meno

JOE MENO is a fiction writer and journalist who lives in Chicago. Winner of the Nelson Algren Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a finalist for the Story Prize, Meno is the best-selling author of several novels and short story collections including Marvel and a Wonder, The Great Perhaps, The Boy Detective Fails, and Hairstyles of the Damned. He is a professor in the English and Creative Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago. Book of Extraordinary Tragedies is his latest work.

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Book of Extraordinary Tragedies

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Forthcoming: 9/6/22

From the best-selling author Joe Meno, a moving novel about the impossibility of fate and family

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before September 6, 2022.

The Boy Detective Fails

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Following the best seller Hairstyles of the Damned (more than 100,000 copies sold) with a spectacular coming-of-age-30 tale, Joe Meno proves once again why he’s the hottest indie author in America. Also check out Office Girl, Demons in the Spring, How the Hula Girl Sings, and Tender as Hellfire.

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How the Hula Girl Sings

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Paperback reissue of the second novel from the author of the smash hits Hairstyles of the Damned, Tender as Hellfire, and The Boy Detective Fails

Marvel and a Wonder

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Grandfather and grandson must journey into the underworld of the American Midwest in search of both courage and redemption.

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Office Girl

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Best-selling novelist Joe Meno is back with a fantastic new novel about two young people and a visionary, doomed art movement.

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Tender as Hellfire

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Paperback reissue of the debut novel by the author of the best sellers The Boy Detective Fails, How the Hula Girl Sings and Hairstyles of the Damned (more than 70,000 copies sold).

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